Lots of kids love dogs and lots of kids love horses. This weekend in Raleigh, there’s a horse show and a dog show – dog Olympics, in fact – and both sound like excellent places to take the little animal lover in your life.
• The Dog Olympics will come to the Centennial Biomedical Campus at N.C. State on Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., dogs of all breeds will show off their jumping, limbo-ing and howling skills – among others. There will also be a cart parade for dogs with spinal cord injuries and a free microchip clinic – one chip per family – courtesy of the Raleigh Kennel Club. Admission runs from $1 to $5 for owners with competing dogs. For full price breakdown and event schedule, seecvm.ncsu.edu/news/olympics
• Or, for a horse show, the North Carolina State Championship Charity Horse Show runs through Saturday at the James B. Hunt Horse Complex at the State Fairgrounds. There will be horse competitions, pony rides and face painting for the kids. The proceeds will benefit the visually impaired and blind. There are show times between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Adults pay $8, while those age 11 and younger get in free.
Call William Whitley at 919-481-4675 for more information.
• If you’re into the British invasion – the first one, that is – head out to Hillsborough Saturday for Colonial Kids Day. There will be redcoat re-enactors and 18th-century crafts like candle making and butter churning at this free event. This runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Burwell School Historic Site. For more information, call 919-732-7451.
• Koka Booth Amphitheatre hosts the FARE Walk for Food Allergy Saturday. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk begins immediately following a 10 a.m. opening ceremony. This event raises awareness of food allergies, which the FARE site says affect 15 million Americans. So whether your child has a food allergy or has a friend with one, it’s a worthy cause and a worthy use of a Saturday morning. Seefoodallergywalk.org
or call Kari Nesbitt at 404-990-3557 for more information.
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