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Strickland House hosts first PoochFest

DULUTH -- The historic Strickland House in Duluth will be the site of the first PoochFest.

The one-day event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, is a celebration of dogs.

The festival will include such groups as Duluth Animal Hospital, Shots By Dot Photography, SOS Club of Georgia, The Georgia Animal Project, Gwinnett Humane Society and several breed-specific rescue groups. The event will also feature free classes and demonstrations on pet-related topics, a children's activity tent, arts and craft vendors for holiday shopping, food, entertainment and a pet parade. Alice Ziegler, one of the founders of the Gwinnett Humane Society, will be the marshal of the 1 p.m. parade.

Proceeds will go to the preservation of the Strickland House, home to Alice Strickland, the first female mayor in Georgia. The house, located at 2956 Buford Highway, is the new home of the Duluth Historical Society and History Museum, open weekly for tours and community programs.

For more information, e-mail dprescott@duluthhistorical.org.