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Marysville's Poochapalooza already recruiting vendors, sponsors for summer

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Dog Owners Group's Poochapalooza fundraiser returns this summer, but it'll need the support of the community to be a success.

The fifth annual Poochapalooza kicks off at 10 a.m. on July 9 at the Strawberry Athletic Complex, located at 6100 152nd St. NE, and runs until 3:30 p.m. that day.

In the meantime, M-DOG is looking to recruit vendors and sponsors in advance of the event, to help generate proceeds to benefit the Strawberry Fields For Rover off-leash dog park.

M-DOG President Leslie Buell explained that the group is putting the call out early this year because they plan to debut a number of new events for this year's Poochapalooza.

"We'll have a 'Fashions and Rescue' runway show, using adoptable rescue dogs from three different no-kill shelters, modeling dog clothes from some of our vendors," Buell said.

Buell noted that M-DOG has a stewardship agreement with the city of Marysville Parks Department to maintain the off-leash dog park, which will be open during Poochapalooza.

Poochapalooza is free to attend, but all dogs must be leashed. The event has drawn dog lovers from as far as Seattle, Bellingham and Mount Vernon in years past.

For more information on Poochapalooza, call Buell at 360-651-0633 or log onto www.poochapalooza.org. To volunteer for M-DOG, log onto www.M-DOG.org or attend one of the group's meetings, at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of every month at the Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Marysville, located at 3711 88th St. NE.

M-DOG is a nonprofit all-volunteer group whose work parties meet at noon on the third Saturday of every month, except in cases of rain, at Strawberry Fields For Rover.

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