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The 2018 Barks and Blues Festival

Join Paws Humane for our third annual Barks and Blues Festival presented by The Stelzenmuller Rescues- Murphy, Mick and Millie!

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

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.


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

If you are interested in becoming a vendor or sponsor, please email events@pawshumane.org.

Entertainment Lineup

  • Neal Lucas Trio
  • GP38
  • Mark Sasser
  • 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



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