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Animals are star attraction at Yuma's Petsapalooza Festival

Critters in the spotlight at Jan. 7-9 event


YUMA, ARIZONA – Critters of all kinds will be in the spotlight at the annual Petsapalooza Festival in the historic North End January 7-9.

Intended to celebrate people and their pets – whatever the species – the free festival is sponsored by the Yuma Visitors Bureau in partnership with Humane Society of Yuma and Planned Pethood. The traditional Main Street event will feature both pet-related and general vendors along with a variety of food and drink and entertainment from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

A highlight of the festival is the annual pet talent show at 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by a competition to judge which pets and owners look the most alike, and finally, a pet costume contest. There's an entry fee of $10 per pet per contest, or $25 for all three, with proceeds to benefit HSOY and Planned Pethood. First, second and third-place prizes will be awarded in all three contests, and pet parade along Main Street featuring the contestants and their human friends will follow.

Contest registration will take place on site beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, which is also when the Rev. Merilynn Chilleen will conduct a blessing of the animals that's open to all -- pets and/or people -- at no cost.

Throughout the festival, the Humane Society will offer vaccinations, pet identification, microchipping and educational materials about pet care and more.

In keeping with the animal theme, two special shows featuring Popovich Comedy Pet Theater are scheduled for Jan. 7 at the Historic Yuma Theatre. Led by former Moscow Circus juggler Gregory Popovich, this amazing act features former shelter animals – and even geese, ferrets and white mice – "showing off their individual personalities and talents." A shorter 2 p.m. matinee offers reserved seats at $10 for adults and $5 for those age 16 and younger; tickets for the full-length 7 p.m. show are $21.

Festival organizers are still welcoming additional vendors, sponsors, or groups with a pet or animal-related message or mission to be part of Petsapalooza. For more information, call YVB at 928-376-0100. Vendor applications and information on this and other YVB events and festivals are online at

Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public. The nonprofit is funded in part by City of Yuma hospitality tax revenues.

Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled more than $577 million in 2009 and supported nearly 6,000 jobs. Travel spending in the county also generated more than $36 million in state and local taxes.



Media contact: Ann Walker, 928-376-0100 (office), 928-210-9044 (cell),
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