Quickly approaching is Auburn’s newest annual event “Dog Days of Summer,” taking the place of the 25-year steadfast Auburn Autumn Days that once drew in crowds, but dwindled over the past few years. The new weekend festival will take place Aug. 12-13 with a plethora of activities and a fresh new start to what organizers hope will be a continuing occurrence.
Due to lack of attendance the past few years at the Auburn Autumn Days, and also competing events going on in the community the same time, the city’s tourism commission decided to cancel the long-running festival and replace it with something new.
“We decided to move Auburn’s festival to August 12-13 and rename it ‘Dog Days of Summer,’” said Becka Cox, a member of the commission. “We are hopeful that moving the event will free up citizens to come and enjoy what our city has to offer.”
On Friday, Aug. 12, a live street dance will be featured. Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy music from The Band Zazzy and Big Nancy from 6-11 p.m. on Main Street. The bands are sponsored by Lewisburg and Auburn Bank. Crafts and concessions will also be available during the time period on the square. Inflatables for the youngsters will be offered from 5-8 p.m. downtown. Armbands can be purchased for $5 in advance or $7 at the gate. They are good for a two day admission for unlimited use. There will also be a kid zone that will be set up that is at no charge. There will be life size Jenga, bubbles and Kerplunk, as well as more fun and free games.
There will also be a homemade ice cream contest on Friday night as well. All churches and church groups are invited to take part in this contest. They can provide the homemade ice cream and someone to man their table. Tourism will provide the cups and spoons and people to “vote” with money at each table. Each table keeps 1/2 the money collected and the group with the most money wins a traveling trophy.
Main Street will be shut down at 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug 12 and will not open up until Saturday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m. so be prepared for detours.
On Saturday, Aug. 13, a pancake breakfast will kick the day off from 7-10 a.m. at the American Legion. Crafts and concessions will be offered from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and a silent auction will be held in the council chambers from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Inflatables will be located once again on Main Street from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
A raffle drawing will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 as well. Tickets are $1 and you could win an Adirondack Glider Love seat handcrafted by Southern Outdoor Furniture. You can register in advance at Auburn City Hall or at Auburn’s Tourism Booth on the square on Saturday, Aug. 13.
A dog show will be featured at 9 a.m. at the big pavilion at the Auburn City Park. The Logan County Humane Society is hosting the show. Registration is required when you arrive before 9 a.m. A fee of $5 will be charged to have a dog in the show.
A different dog contest will also be held. A hot dog eating contest will be held on Main Street in front of U.S. Bank at 10 a.m. Registration needs to be competed by 10 a.m. and it costs $5. The contest is sponsored by East Main Diner and J Posey Construction.
There will be live music by the Bilbreys from 10-11 a.m., Leaving Auburn from 12-1 p.m. and The Overholts from 1-2 p.m. Family Tradition will wrap up the event from 3-4 p.m. on the front lawn of the Teel House.
There will be two food vendors, lots of crafts and direct sales vendors. Chaney’s Dairy Barn will be set up on Saturday, Aug. 13.
“We will have a mock civil war hospital tent set up,” said Sarah Moore, member of Auburn’s Tourism Commission. “We have the Lions Club bringing their pitching trailer, and will also have a rock climbing wall coming (both are separate charges from the wristbands). We have lots of live music, dancing, and fun to offer everyone and look forward to a great turn out!”
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.