The City of Auburn is gearing up for its fourth annual Dog Days of Summer to be held Aug. 9-10 downtown. There are many events and entertainment opportunities throughout the weekend for all ages to enjoy.

A 5k Glow Run will kick off the weekend festivities on Friday night. The popular race will begin at the big pavilion at the Auburn McCutchen Coke Municipal Park at 250 Spring Street in Auburn. Registration is at 6 p.m. with the race beginning at 7 p.m.

A plethora of activities are planned for Saturday.

Music will begin at 10 a.m. on the front porch of the Teel house at 125 West Main Street. Chairs will be set up under the shade trees throughout the day to enjoy the many talented singers that will be performing. A concert will be held on the square from 6-10 p.m. With Big Nancy performing at 7 p.m. Bring your chairs for this event.

During the day on Saturday, there will be several vendors that will be selling their goods. The American Legion will be having their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday morning from 6-10 a.m. Breakfast plates are $5 each and are delicious.

This year, organizers are incorporating a Womanless Beauty Pageant from 5:15-6 p.m. in front of city hall. All proceeds will benefit the Auburn Elementary Family Resource Center. If you are interested in participating in the pageant, there are still spaces available. You can contact Rhonda Pope Sullivan at 270-725-5923.

A hot dog eating contest for your canine will be held at the McCutchen Coke Municipal Park on Saturday. This event is being sponsored by Heaven Can Wait Animal Rescue. There is a $2 entry fee and all proceeds will go to the rescue to help find homes for homeless animals. Categories include who can eat the fastest in the 0-20 lbs (at 9 a.m.); 20-40 lbs (at 9:45 a.m.), and anything over 40 lbs (at 10:30 a.m.).

A Coloring Contest for ages 0-5 and 6-10 will be held on the square in Auburn on Saturday. You can pick up your sheets ahead of time at either Auburn City Hall or Christina's Place.

A silent auction will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the chamber room at city hall and a raffle will be drawn at 4 p.m. for a ten-foot Kayak. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for 6 or $10 for 13. You can purchase your tickets at the tourism booth on the square before the drawing.

"Our festival is a lot of fun and a lot of work is always put into it," said Sarah Moore. "Community involvement is the key to a successful festival and we are always looking for help. The more people we have working on the festivals and parade, the better our events end up being."