‘Mutt Strutt’ To Benefit Sweetwater Mission

Come join the fun at the Marietta Mutt Strutt on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the beautiful grounds of Marietta First United Methodist Church located at 56 Whitlock Ave., SW, just off of the Marietta Square. Bring the entire family, including the dog, for a day of fun! Enjoy Bluegrass music with the Cherokee Cut Ups on the main stage, delectable treats from the Food Trucks, Dachshund Races, the Kid Zone with lots of fun activities for all ages, and the Pet Parade and costume contest. Parking and admission are free.

More than 60 vendors will showcase their wares. We have something for everyone, from Harley Davidson and Luxury Cars to artisans and entertainment! Be sure to take Fido to the Bone Bar, where nearly 4000 pounds of dog treats are available for you to scoop – and they’re free! Looking for a new family member? Visit the eight Rescue groups who will have furry friends of all sizes just waiting to meet you.

Bring a chair to set up along the parade route, and settle in to watch Jr. Miss Cobb County, Carley Jaymes Vogel, lead off the parade with a full court of Princes and Princesses, and dogs, in full regalia and competition. The parade route winds through the park, past the Grandparents’ grandstand at Winwood, and ends at the Pavilion, where prizes will be awarded. Categories include Look Alike, School Spirit, What the Woof?, In the Movies, Naked Dog (no costume)and finally, The People’s Choice Award. This award goes to the canine with the most “Likes” on Facebook, so if your fur baby doesn’t do well in a crowd, they can still participate online!  Post a pic of your dog on the Marietta Mutt Strutt Facebook page, in costume – or not, and get busy sharing. The one with the most ‘Likes’ wins!

All prizes are provided by Costo, and include a new dog bed and more! If you want to participate in the parade, visit www.SweetwaterMission.org for the registration form. The cost is $20 per dog. Do you Groupon? Look for the deal to show up in your inbox soon! Is your dog under 30 pounds? Enter them at the Race Headquarters for just $2 per pooch. We are expecting up to 1,500 visitors, so if this sounds like a great place to showcase your wares as a vendor, we still have a few spaces. Contact Linda Oviatt at 770-241-4302 for more information.

This event is being held to support and raise awareness of Sweetwater Mission, a nonprofit that has been helping families with food, clothing, job training and more since 1968. Sweetwater provides, on average, two tons of food a day for those in need – every day, 365 days a year!  Also look for beautifully handcrafted items for sale at the Mutt Strutt, made by the participants in Sweetwater’s newest artisan program for the formerly chronically homeless. Our mission since 1968 has been to prevent hunger and homelessness. We help stabilize families by providing basic needs and transform lives through education and employment opportunities. Visit www.SweetwaterMission.org to find out how you can help.

From the August 2014 issue of The Bright Side, Cobb County Georgia’s Newspaper covering Smyrna, Vinings, Mableton and Austell, GA.