Peaks and Paws Festival August 24- 25
The Village at Squaw Valley is paying tribute to man - and woman's - best friend this August 24-25 with the fourth annual Peaks and Paws Festival.
Dogs and their owners can enjoy two stages of live bluegrass music, 15 wineries, great beer from Lagunitas, pet-themed art, and activities and outings specially designed for furry friends.
The Village will host a line-up of bluegrass acts both Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., and pet-friendly outdoor events will kick off earlier each day. All of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.
Last year the Peaks and Paws event raised $10,000.
"We were thrilled with the outcome of Peaks and Paws. Every penny of the $10,000 raised went directly toward helping us save the lives of homeless pets that really need us," said Stephanie Jensen-Nistler, Executive Director, Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. "It was wonderful to see so many happy dogs last year and people enjoying all the event had to offer. We can't wait to do it again this year!"
One of the vendors at the two-day event again this year will be Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge, located near Squaw Valley at 10960 West River St. in Truckee. The business is a reliable place to board dogs or cats overnight and includes some "luxury" accommodations, according to owner Laura Vanderpool.
"Truckee is such a wonderful pet-loving area," Vanderpool said. "It was great to see so many people at last year's event, including many clients from Truckee-Tahoe Pet Lodge out with their furry friends supporting the Humane Society at this great event. Squaw Valley is such a gorgeous setting for Peaks & Paws - it's surrounded by beautiful mountains and the event has great music. Peaks & Paws is a great way to connect with new and old 2-and-4-legged friends."
Pet-Partner Events: The festival's pet-partner events will kick off early on Saturday, Aug. 24 with the first-ever competitive trail run from Alpine Meadows to Squaw Valley. The Alpine 2 Squaw 10K Challenge is open to runners and walkers, as well as to dogs for those who register in the "Pets and People" category.
All proceeds from the race will benefit young athletes through the Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows Foundation as well as the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe. To sign up, participants can visit www.svamf.org.
Later in the day, Peaks and Paws welcomes the return of Fetch Fest at Cushing Pond, which has been expanded to both days of the festival. Starting at 3 p.m., the Fetch Fest will be a timed ball retrieval contest to see which dog can retrieve the most tennis balls from Cushing Pond before time runs out.
Fetch Fest has a $5 entry, with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.
People and pets can also join dog-friendly guided hikes at High Camp and explore the unique flora and fauna that lives at elevation 8,200 feet. Hikes are free with a tram ticket or season pass and begin at 12:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. each day, leaving from High Camp.
Live Music: Headlining on Saturday evening at 4 p.m., mandolin maestro, David Grisman, leads his four-piece band through his own personal spin in the form of "dawg" music, a unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of so many different stylistic influences (swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz, gypsy) that he had to invent a name for it.
Closing the festival on Sunday is Tahoe's favorite high-energy, Americana/roots-infused five-piece band -The Dead Winter Carpenters.
The festival lineup also includes a host of other great roots and bluegrass acts, including Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin, The Brothers Comatose, Low Flying Birds, The Silent Comedy, The Sierra Drifters and Bison.
The music compliments the perfect setting for sipping delicious wines, sampling craft beers and enjoying the stunning mountain views of Squaw Valley.
Wine and Beer Tasting: Festival goers can also enjoy wine tasting on First Street in The Village from 3-6 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, featuring savory and unique wines from 15 different vineyards, including Charlyn Zin, White Hart and McIntyre Vineyards.
Music by Lonesome Locomotive, The Sierra Drifters, and Bison will accompany the wine tasting. Wine tasting is $25 per day, and the price includes a festival wine glass, with a $5 discount available with entry donation.
Refreshing flavors of Lagunitas beer will also be available for $4 from 2-8 p.m. All proceeds from wine tasting and beer sales benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.
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