CASTRO VALLEY — This community is going to get a little goofy Saturday, Aug. 8, with a “Barks and Brass” celebration.
A press release about the dogs/kids mash-up from the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce explains the event:
Downtown Castro Valley will play host to young musicians and their fans, right alongside Castro Valley’s cherished dogs and their owners. Barks and Brass, a new community event, organized by the Castro Valley/Eden Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda County Economic Development Department, will have its inaugural run on Aug. 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Daughtrey Building.
“We wanted to do something downtown that would be just pure fun, and kids and dogs were the first things that came to mind,” said Bill Mulgrew, chamber executive director.
“So many kids spend summers developing musically, we thought it would be a good idea to give them an outlet for appreciation. And, people have been suggesting pet related events to us for a long time, so we’re going to combine them, have a really fun program.”
There will be two stages. At 11 a.m., one of the kids musical acts will perform 20 minutes. That will be followed by a a dog-related contest on the other stage for 20 minutes, then back to the next musical act, and so forth.
Five musical acts will be featured, interspersed with four dog contests: best dressed, best trick, owner look-alike and best looking. The day will conclude with a dog parade.
Local vets, groomers, pet retailers, pet blessings and law enforcement K-9 teams will have exhibits. There will be raffles and giveaways, and food trucks will be on hand.
“We wanted to give the community some reasons to come together and have fun on a Saturday, and thanks to the generosity of Alameda County we get to use the parking lot of the Daughtrey Building before work starts on the building remodel,” Mulgrew said.
Registration for the dog contests starts at 10 a.m., and it is suggested that those interested go early because the number of entries will be limited.
For more information call the chamber at 510-537-5300, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the www.edenareachamber.com/events.
The howling takes place at 3295 Castro Valley Blvd.