Paws for a Cause: Dog Show Leads to Bee Festival Week | New

HAHIRA – A dog show on Saturday was a prelude to the 40th Hahira Bee Festival, which will take place in town next weekend.

Festival committee members hosted the event alongside the Southern K9 Academy at the Hahira Depot.

Dogs, large and small, competed in several categories to win ribbons and certificates. The categories were costume, tricks, obedience, and a pie-eating contest.

Jennifer Glenn, co-owner of Southern K9 Academy and nonprofit PUPS with her husband Tim, said contestants will be able to participate in the festival’s upcoming parade.

Kathy Blanton, a festival committee member, said the dog show was sponsored to promote happiness and community engagement.

Vayda, a lifeguard who disguised himself as a skeleton in the costume part, won the competition twice. She was brought to the show by mother-daughter Cindy Pearce and Cadie Pearce.

They brought Vayda into the dog show to help her interact more with other dogs, Cadie Pearce said.

Cindy Pearce said she thinks Vayda did well on Saturday.

“She is very excited to be here,” she said.

Like Vayda, Clumberdoodles Murphy and Maggie were also two-time winners. Owned by Cathy Serra, the pair placed first in costume. Maggie placed first in obedience while Murphy took second.

There was no third place in obedience.

The other costume winners were Chihuahuas Lola and Luna – owned by Lori McGuire – in second and Bassett Hound Dan – owned by Jewel Mathis – in third.

Dan took second place in the pie-eating contest while French bulldog Blue Merle Marsellus – owned by Gail Gleisner – placed third. Vayda won first place in the pie eating contest and competed unopposed in the tricks category.

After the competition, Tim Glenn and his Belgian Malinois, Ava, put on a biting display. Tim Glenn put two separate types of bite gloves on his arm and tricked Ava into taking a few bites.

Blanton said all the funding for the dog show and all the money raised from the bee festival events goes to the community. The festival benefits local schools, a veterans hospital, the Hahira Historical Society, Shriners Hospital, cancer research and the Salter Hahira Library.

Part of the Saturday festivities was the Cross Critters adoption event and the paw painting. LuLu’s Dog Boarding was a vendor, fundraising for USA Rescue.

Festival events continue throughout the week, shaping the theme “Protect Our Youth, Preserve Our Future” in honor of the Georgia Sheriffs Boys Ranch.

A program of activities includes:

– Community kick-off breakfast: 7 a.m., September 27, Hahira Depot.

– Senior Walk Strides for Diabetes Awareness: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., September 28, Hahira Depot, sponsored by the Hahira Lions Club.

– Brown Bag Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., September 29, Hahira Depot, includes a musical tribute to the Hahira Teachers of the Year.

– Community Dinner and Prize Draw: At lunchtime on September 30, 401 S. Church Street, sponsored by Martin McLane Funeral Home, call (229) 794-2020 and reserve a space.

– Arts, Crafts and Food Concessions: 10 am-6pm, October 1, Hahira Depot.

– Community Fish Fry: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., October 1, Hahira Depot, sponsored by the Hahira Historical Society, live music.

– 5 km run: 8 a.m., October 2, Hahira community center.

– Arts, Crafts and Food Concessions: 9 am-6pm, October 2, Hahira Depot.

– Bee Festival: 9 am-6pm, October 2, Hahira Depot; the parade starts at noon.

Visit hahirahoneybeefest.com for more information.


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