See Spot. See Spot run. See Spot jump. See Spot compete at the Dog Olympics – or maybe meet an author, participate in a charity walk or experience a period-specific harvest festival. These are some of your choices on the last Saturday of summer.
▪ See dogs compete in everything from high jump and howling competitions to a Longest Tail Contest at NCSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine Saturday. You can even enter your own dog, if you’d like. It’s fun, but there’s a respectable philanthropic side, as proceeds from the Annual Dog Olympics benefit local animal rescue groups. Dogs in attendance must be leashed when not competing, up-to-date on all vaccinations and older than four months. Admission for owner and competing canine is $5, with additional events costing $2. Owners with non-competing dogs get in for $3, people without dogs for $1. Free for kids 5 and under. This runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Details at cvm.ncsu.edu.
▪ Walk, run and roll for inclusiveness Saturday in Cary. This event supports Kids Together Playground, a play area designed for children of all mental and physical abilities. Funds raised will go toward a misting garden. Visit kidstogethercary.org for directions, information, and a registration link for this 10-11:30 a.m. fundraiser.
▪ The Historic Stagville Harvest Festival and Pie and Cake Auction is Saturday just north of Durham. Period-specific artisans and farm workers will transport attendees back to the 1800s, while food trucks will ensure convenient, hot food, circa 2015. Proceeds from the cake and pie auction benefit Historic Stagville, and admission is $5.38 for adults, $3.23 for children, or $16.13 for families with children (up to five people total). This harvest fest runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Info at stagville.org.
▪ This one’s for the big kids: author Robert Beatty appears at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh Saturday evening. His debut novel “Serafina and the Black Cloak” is a middle-grade mystery following the late-19th century adventures of a 12-year-old girl living in the basement of Asheville’s Biltmore House. This 6 p.m. signing and Q&A is free, though it likely wouldn’t appeal to pre-K or early elementary school kids. More at quailridgebooks.com.
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