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Poocha Palooza Festival spotlights dogs on Saturday

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SMITHFIELD — Smithfield Parks and Recreation is literally going to the dogs. But program supervisor Tiffany Pearson doesn’t see that as a bad thing.

The town’s parks and rec department is hosting the first Poocha Palooza Festival on Saturday.

The festival’s purpose is to promote the town’s new Second Street Dog Park at the corner of Second and Holding streets.

“We’re having a couple food trucks, music by Jim Earp and some vendors from the animal community,” said Pearson. “We’ll have a competition for the best dressed and best tricks for the dogs. Then, there will be a ribbon-cutting for the dog parks.”

Pearson explained how she got the idea for a Poocha Palooza.

“I love dogs and we have a new dog park,” said Pearson. “I thought it would be fun to have a party for people and their dogs.”

Pearson said she reached out to Willow Run Veterinary Hospital in Smithfield to sponsor the festival.

“They said they would like to be a sponsor and part of the fun,” said Pearson.

She said she’s received positive reactions to the Poocha Palooza Festival.

“We have had a lot of Facebook interest,” said Pearson. “We have posted signs around town and we hope to have a crowd on Saturday, April 27.”

The Poocha Palooza Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. South Second Street will be closed for the event.