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Upcoming Events |


Third Annual Barks and Blues Festival Presented By:


May 19th 4-11 p.m. Woodruff Park, Uptown Columbus.

The 2018 Barks and Blues Festival is dedicated in memory of beloved Paws supporter, Leigh Johnston.


Join Paws Humane for our third annual Barks and Blues Festival! This is our largest annual event fundraiser, and we have so much fun in store for you and your family! The 2018 Barks and Blues Festival will feature live entertainment to include five local bands (Blues, Country, and Rock), a pet costume contest with celebrity judges, food trucks, adult beverages, raffles, arts and crafts vendors, kids zone, pet microchip discounts and pet adoption specials. Pets are welcome, but must be on a leash. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please email

Entertainment Lineup

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

Pet Costume Contest

*$5 Suggested Donation To Enter. The Pet Costume Contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the main stage. Registration for the contest closes at 6:00 p.m.

Pet Costume Contest 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

Contest Categories

Owner Pet Lookalike
Best Dressed
Most Creative
Best in Show


This event is not made possible each year without the generous support from our sponsors.


Paws Board Member, Janice Watson

Shelby and Wanda Amos