Auburn’s 1st annual Dog Days of Summer event, held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, was a success says one of the city’s tourism members, Sarah Moore. “It was awesome,” Moore said. “Our crowds were good, the weather was wonderful, and there was no rain. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.”
Auburn’s Tourism Board decided the beginning of the year to replace a 25-year event they put on called Auburn Autumn Days- held closer to the fall- with Dog Days of Summer due to corresponding events in the county that caused lower attendance the past few years. It seems to have worked.
A plethora of activities and a fresh new start was what those who attended Dog Days received over the weekend. Thanks to Auburn and Lewisburg Banks music filled the air from two extraordinary bands (The Band Zazzy and Big Nancy). There were 35 craft vendors and three food vendors providing many varieties to the masses.
“The town pulled together in support of the event and the community enjoyed all the different activities offered,” said Moore.
There was a hot dog eating contest won by Dillin Pursley, who ate five hot dogs in two minutes; a dog show; line dancing; an auction; a pancake breakfast; a pitching booth; an ice cream making contest, etc.
“The tourism board was very thankful to everyone who supported this event,” said Moore. “There are so many people to thank. We will definitely be doing this again next year at the same time. There may be a few changes made for next year, but for the most part we plan on doing it a lot like this year.”
Champion Pet Foods donated picnic tables while Wholesale donated a big tent. Elizabeth Teel donated the use of her family’s front yard, the Lions Club brought their pitching machine, the American Legion cooked pancakes, and many more helped make this event happen.
“Thank you to everyone who gave a helping hand, sponsored an event, or just came out and volunteered their time,” said Moore. “Hosting community events such as this is part of what makes small towns so great.”
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.