STRATTON >> A festival for four-legged, barking pets is set for Labor Day Weekend.
"It should be pretty cool," said Cassie Russo, social media and communications coordinator for Stratton Mountain Resort. "Bring your dog out. We will have a photo booth set up for people to use and print out Polaroid pictures."
Paws for a Cause is a new event sponsored by the Stratton Village that's being billed as a celebration of "man's best friends," where dogs and their owners can enjoy hikes, treats, raffles and more. It goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3.
A group will hike to the middle of the mountain, where dogs will be given bowls of water and people can take in the "great views," said Russo.
Raffle tickets will be sold for $5. Prizes include a dog house, dog beds, dog treats and gift cards. Proceeds will be split between Second Chance Animal Shelter in Shaftsbury and the Vermont State Police K-9 Unit. Russo said she expects to see some of the dogs from the state police in the village.
"We'll also have kiddie pools through the village," she said. "It may be hot that weekend so dogs like to jump in the water."
Bar 802 will have "a bone bar," Russo said, referring to an establishment in the village where chefs will be making dog treats free of charge.
A talent show will give prizes to dogs for best trick, best bark, best kiss and best tail wag. Each person can register one dog.
A Labor Day tent sale is "always a big hit," Russo said. Special deals can be secured Thursday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 5.
"Everything in our village will be open, retail shops and restaurants," said Russo.
Gondola rides will be available as usual. But hay rides will see tractors traveling around the base area on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4.
The festival marks the second dog-themed event Stratton offers during the summer. A 5k run called Heels for Paws, which also benefits Second Chance Animal Shelter, is held during Columbus Day Weekend.
Russo expects to see no shortage of dogs at the resort during Labor Day Weekend.
"If you look at the shops and stuff, they always have water for dogs, or you see people hiking with their dogs. It's a great way to meet other dog owners and get socialization for your dog," said Russo. "There's a ton of dogs here anyway so I'm sure a lot of people are going to come out for their dog. It should be a really fun event."
Funk music will fill the village at night. The bands Lettuce and Kung Fu will take the stage that's set up in the main base area. A tent will keep everyone under cover in case it rains.
Contact Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.