One of the cutest events at a brewery returns this Sunday as the Fifth Annual Mutt Masquerade: Canine Costume Contest takes over the patio at the Marble Brewery downtown.
“We are stoked to bring the Mutt Masquerade back this year!” wrote Marble marketing and events coordinator Geraldine Lucero in response to a series of email questions. “Can you believe it will be our sixth year!? Last year was all done online, but we still had great entries.”
The event kicks off at noon on Sunday, with registration starting before that at 11 a.m. It is open to all well-behaved dogs (and well-behaved owners) who are willing to dress up for this pre-Halloween event.
“Judges are looking for creativity (homemade costumes are a bonus)!” Lucero wrote. “The three categories contestants will fall under are: Most Creative, Best Group/Human & Pet, and Spookiest Ensemble. Our judges are also giving points for the dog’s character.”
The judges are Marble’s Tammy Lovato, Hollow Spirits owner Frank Holloway, and Sara Garagin from Watermelon Mountain Ranch, which will be the beneficiary of a portion of the funds raised on Sunday.
“The most important thing about his event is that we raise awareness for our friends at the WMR,” Lucero wrote. “We’ll be donating $1 from every pint/20oz/14oz beer from noon to 4 p.m. to WMR. Plus, they’ll be onsite with pooches looking for new homes!”
Lucero wrote that she was proud of this event, which was one of the first she created for Marble after joining the staff in 2016.
“I live for this stuff!” she wrote. “So many humans bring their A-game when it comes to costumes!”
Some of the Marble staff may have their dogs present, but Lucero told us that her best friend does not do well on stage.
“Nate (Jackson) has entered Mojito in the past, (so) I’m sure we’ll see some familiar faces!” she wrote. “Sophia is a diva-biotch and does not do well with too much attention. Her head can only get so big. But, she is helping me with promotional material.”
We look forward to seeing what Geraldine and Sophia are planning on social media, and after that we look forward to seeing all the doggos and their humans having some fun again.
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