‘Paws on the Plaza’ : Pet-themed event kicks off at PAL this Saturday

Page News and Courier

LURAY ― The PAL Center is going to the dogs this weekend during its second “Paws on the Plaza” event.

After the inaugural installment last September, Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix will return to leave audience members howling in their seats. The slapstick comedy act features Peers ― who has formerly appeared with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus and on the “Late Show with David Letterman” ―and more than a dozen rescue dogs.

“He pulls the whole audience into the performance,” said PAL board member and chairperson of the group's performance committee Bonnie Anthony. “It falls in line with our mission to be a family-oriented art center and bring things in that appeal to children.”

Before Peers tickles attendees' funny bones, pet owners can give a dog a bone outside on the PAL plaza during an array of festivities, including raffles, activities and vendors.

Vendors and organizations include the Page SPCA, pet portraitist Loree Fisher, Appalachian Outdoors Adventures, Christopher Lemons of PAWsitive Experience Training, the clown “Annie NoBalloons,” Kris Weaver of Del-Val Engraving and Tammy Racer of Just Stitchin Embroidery.

“I'm an animal lover and there's so many pets in the area,” said Anthony, who spearheaded the event last year. “Our area has so many things to offer pets and this is a way to showcase those organizations and services.”

This year's installment will benefit the Page SPCA. Last year's event benefited the Page County Animal Shelter. Peers collects donations in exchange for photos with his troupe to contribute to local efforts.

Other plaza events include a dog contest featuring seven awards categories including best trick, best smoocher, pet-owner lookalike, best vocal performance, best tail wag, most handsome and prettiest.

Plaza festivities kick off at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 9, and are free. Leashed dogs are welcome on the plaza.

Peers and the Muttville Comix will then take the indoor stage at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youth under 18 when purchased at the door.

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