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May 3, 2018

Bust a Move at the 2018 Barks and Blues Festival

The 2018 Barks and Blues Festival is coming up May 19th from 4-11pm at Woodruff Park in Uptown Columbus. This festival is hosted by PAWS Humane and is dedicated in memory of beloved PAWS supporter, Leigh Johnston.

The purpose of this event is to HAVE FUN and RAISE FUNDS by throwing a party for the pups. This is PAWS’s largest annual event fundraiser where the whole family can come out and enjoy a whole day of fun in Columbus, Georgia.

 There will be:

  • live music
  • pet costume contest
  • food trucks
  • adult beverages
  • raffles
  • arts and crafts vendors
  • kids zone
  • pet microchip discounts
  • pet adoption specials


Everyone is invited! So, no matter if you have two or four legs you are in for a groovy time. Bring all your furry friends but make sure they are on a leash.

The entertainment lineup consists of Blues, Country, and Rock so get ready to cut the rug to some great local music! 

Entertainment Lineup:

Neal Lucas Trio
Mark Sasser Heavy Blue
Damn Skippy
The Breakdowns, Tom Petty Tribute Band


The Pet Costume Contest will start at 6:30pm at the main stage, with a $5 suggested donation to enter. Registration closes at 6:00pm. There will be celebrity judges for the contest, so don’t forget your camera. The contest consists of five categories; Owner Pet Lookalike, Best Dressed, Most Creative, and Best in Show. But no matter the outcome, every dog is a winner in our eyes.  

Celebrity Judges:

Bear O’Brian, Voice of Kissin’ 99.3
Walker Garrett, Columbus Council Member
Mimi Woodson, Columbus Council Member
Dr. Rene Lefranc, Owner and Veterinarian at 2nd Avenue Animal Hospital
Carroll Hudson, Owner of Preppy Pets and Paws Humane Board Member
Donna Tompkins, Muscogee County Sheriff

Come out to the Barks and Blues Festival in Columbus, Georgia to help raise money for our furry friends, give them a furever home, and have an AMAZING time with friends and family while you're at it! 


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