Minerva puts on dog and Pant, Pedal, Paddle events

— Looking for something fun and exciting to do on Sept. 14? Are you interested in an activity that combines running, biking, and paddling? Do you have a swell dog or know someone who does — a dog with talent in abundance? There are two terrific activities happening in Minerva on Sept. 14 that will cover these interests.

The day begins with the 3rd annual Minerva Pant, Pedal, Paddle competition (postponed from June 29), which starts at the Olmstedville Dam, and ends there, too. A 9:30 a.m. shotgun start gets the race started with the running portion. The 3.4-mile run becomes a 10.4-mile bike leg, which leads to an approximately 4-mile paddle down the Minerva Stream.

Team applications are available at several Minerva locations — you can have a team of up to four or do the race as an iron man or woman! A mere $20 will set you sign up for the contest; tee shirts will available for all participants. For more information, call 251-5141 or check out Facebook under Pant Pedal Paddle. And remember, it’s not just a race, it’s an adventure.

After the PPP contest, head on down to Minerva Lake for the All Breed Fun Dog Show, which takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad (which is by the way, going to the dogs), this event will provide lots of fun for folks of all ages. Spectators will be free, but for only $10 you can enter your bowser in the show. Competitive events will include cutest puppy, finest old timer, loudest bark, best looking pooch, bobbing for hot dogs, obstacle courses, best costumes, and more.

The show will also have doggie demos, numerous vendors, a terrific silent auction, and lots of human-oriented food and beverages. All donations and proceeds will benefit the Minerva Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad. Dogs at this event must be leashed at all times and have an up-to-date rabies tag or certificate. For more information about this adventure, contact Patty Warrington at 251-5126 or vial e-mail at pattywar@aol.com.

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