Parrots & Tails set with lots of bands, food and fun to raise funds for animal shelter

John Thompson • Updated Sep 25, 2018 at 9:41 PM

ELIZABETHTON — There will be a full day of fun and activities on Saturday for those who love their dogs and cats and for those who just want to help the Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter. The day includes the Parrots and Tails IV Concert by the Bridge, featuring bands and musicians.

But the day also includes the Tails on the Tweetsie dog walk in the morning and the Mutteritaville Dog Contest.

Tails on the Tweetsie begins at 8 a.m. with registration. The event takes place from 9-10:30 a.m. starting at the old Tweetsie Depot on West Elk Avenue with a 2-kilometer dog walk on the Tweetsie Trail.

The event is $15, but that includes free admission to the day’s other events. There will be a commemorative shirt for the first 25 entries.

The Concert by the Bridge will take place at the Covered Bridge Park. Gates open at 10 a.m. There will be an opening ceremony and pet blessing at 11.

The Mutteritaville Dog Contest starts at 11:05. The dogs will be competing in four categories: Best Dressed, Best Wiggle Butt; Best Dressed Owner and Dog Couple; and Most Unusual Talent.

The music will get started at 11:30. The lineup of performers includes:

• 11:30 a.m.: Jim Miller, Appalachian hammer dulcimer.

• Noon: JB & the Heebernator, featuring John Bland and Steve Hebert.

• 1 p.m.: Mark White and Scotty Melton, acoustic duo.

• 2 p.m.: H.B. Beverly, Tri-Cities premiere Parrot Head.

• 3 p.m.: Under the Table, a five-piece classic rock band.

• 4 p.m.: Half Moon Trench, rock and roll electric mix.

• 4:45 p.m.: Luke Broyles, master at beat boxing.

• 5 p.m.: Acoustifried, pure country rock and roll.

There will also be all-day cake walks with delicious, locally made fresh cakes. The cake walk tickets are $5. The cake bakers are: Bluff City Diner, Dallis Knight, Karrie Berry, Shannon Posada, Margaret Sells, Lisa Pale, Linda Bolling, Sheena Jenkins, Pat Roark and Daisey Pegg.

There will also be Carlos’ Corner dog and owner caricatures; face painting and games for the kids; Rosebud the Clown, with balloon sculptures and magic; and Sparky the Firefighting dog.

There will be several food vendors. Jiggy Rays will be taking pizza orders and baking then in its restaurant just across the river. The Friends of the Shelter will be selling hot dogs, nachos and cold drinks. Also on the scene will be Kona Ice, Kelly’s Concessions, Jolly Wally Ice Cream, Olive Oil Divine and Pet Sense.

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