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Family Picks: Take your pet to Dog Olympics at NCSU

CorrespondentSeptember 12, 2013 

Lucy, a Boston terrier, sprints through the weaving flags as part of an agility course demonstration during the 2012 Annual Dog Olympics at the N.C. State College of Veterinary Medicine.


This weekend is the event of the year for dog lovers – the annual Dog Olympics at N.C. State’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

You can bring your dog to compete, or just to get some treats and a free microchip. Or leave the dog at home, and bring the humans to watch dogs compete in events including the limbo, the high jump and the howling contest.

The competition even includes a special Paralympics for dogs with spinal cord injuries who use carts to get around.

This marks the 22nd year that NCSU has hosted the Dog Olympics. It runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the vet school’s home on Centennial Biomedical Campus. The address is 1060 William Moore Drive, near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Blue Ridge Road.

Organizers say the Olympics celebrate the human-animal bond and raise money for animal rescue groups.

Events include Rollover Rover, Musical Sit, Longest Tail, Limbo, Frisbee Toss, Howling Contest, Look-a-Like, Best Trick, Best Beggar and High Jump. For the Paralympics competitors, there will be a Best Decorated Cart contest.

Each event will happen twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

All dogs are invited to participate, no matter their breed or size. No need to register in advance; just show up and sign up for events of your choice. It’s $5 for your first event, $2 for each additional event.

If you want to bring your dog as a spectator, the admission for a dog and owner is $2. For people without dogs, it’s $1. Kids 5 and younger are free.

In addition to the competitions, there will be several demonstrations by “professional athletes,” including the Raleigh Police Department’s K9 Unit and the Go Dog Go Flyball Club.

If your dog needs a microchip, trained personnel from the Raleigh Kennel Club will be there to implant them for free. Only one pet per family can get this deal.

There will also be vendors selling dog gear, and a food truck selling treats for humans.

For detailed information, go to

Harvest and Hornworm Festival at Duke Homestead

If you’re not a dog lover, this weekend is also the Harvest and Hornworm Festival at Duke Homestead in Durham.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, you can see demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing and curing. In the afternoon, you can hear a live tobacco auction — a not-to-be-missed North Carolina experience if you’ve never heard one before.

Throughout the day, there will be events such as the MoonPie eating contest and the hornworm race. The hornworm is a pest that feeds on tobacco, but also a cute worm that children love to play with.

The festival is free. For more information, go to

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