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San Ramon set for inaugural Doggie Dayz festival

Chamber of Commerce event Saturday to feature contests, costume parade, pooch playground

San Ramon's Memorial Park will belong to the dogs on Saturday when the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce presents its new Doggie Dayz of Summer festival.

The inaugural event, set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Park dog park, will feature top-dog contests, a costume parade, a pooch playground, food, a police dog demonstration, vendor booths and musical entertainment, according to chamber officials.

Admission is free, and a $5-per-dog fee covers participation in all competitions. Contests will decide awards for Cutest Puppy (younger than 1 year old), Ugliest Dog, Best Trick, Best Overall Dog, and for parade participants, Best Dog Costume and Owner-Dog Look-Alike.

More than 30 vendor booths will be on display, representing animal-service nonprofits, adoption organizations, pet-related businesses and other groups, according to chamber officials.

Doggie Dayz of Summer will also include demonstrations from the San Ramon Police Department K-9 unit, food trucks and live music performed by students of San Ramon's School of Rock.

Registered dogs will receive "doggie" bags of goodies, and pre-registered participants will be entered into prize drawings, organizers said. Pre-registration closes Thursday and on-site registration at the park will run from 8:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

For more registration and festival information, visit the Chamber of Commerce website.

Memorial Park is located at the corner of Bollinger Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Boulevard in San Ramon.

Chamber officials also reminded dog owners about event rules such as owners are legally responsible for their dog's behavior, dogs must be kept on a leash held by their owner unless in designated off-leash areas of the park, dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations, and aggressive dogs and female dogs in heat are not allowed.

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