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Dog Days

Coming May 4, 2024! 8:00 a.m. at the Yacht Center

pair of dogs

Dog Days is an annual event in memory of Sharon Smith, one of the beach's most remarkable dog lovers and animal advocates.

An old-fashioned Dog Mart on "the Point" with Music!

  • Adoption event
  • free training advice and demonstrations
  • free grooming advice and demonstrations
  • canine games: best trick, frisbee, water retrieve, regular fetch, find-a-bone, agility, costume parade, owner look-alike contest, and more! 

Join us for fun, amateur games including tricks, stay & recall, mini-agility, find the bone, frisbee or tennis ball retrieval, water retrieval, and our famous pet parade with multiple awards including biggest, smallest, oldest, youngest, best 6 legs (polite leash walking), best costume, and more! This is the largest and longest running annual dog event in the Colonial Beach Area. All dog-friendly and people-friendly dogs, and their people, are welcome. Spectators are welcome, too!
A $10 donation is suggested at registration in support of 
Colonial Beach Humane Society

Sample Schedule:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM 

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Judged Parade: Best 4 Legs, Best Costume, Oldest, Youngest, etc.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Games: Best Trick, Amateur Agility, Find-a-Bone, Water Retrieval, Land Retrieval, etc.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Awards Ceremony

Vendor applications can be found here

The annual celebration is usually sponsored by the Colonial Beach Rivah Dogs, Colonial Yacht Club, and the Colonial Beach Outfitters.  

Held at the Colonial Beach Yacht Center (1787 Castlewood Drive) this fun yacht club event is a continuing tradition that participants wish everyone would enjoy.

Dog Days Origins

So, what exactly are Dog Days? They actually take their name from Sirius, the “dog star,” in the constellation Canis Major (Large Dog) and the brightest star in the night sky. Going back at least to Roman times, it happens when Sirius rises and sets in conjunction with the sun. The ancient peoples believed this was responsible for the sultry days of sweltering summer heat. It can also define a time period or event that is very hot or stagnant, or marked by dull lack of progress.

The Old Farmer's Almanac lists the traditional timing of it as the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending on August 11th. These are the days of the year when rainfall is at its lowest levels.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section wrote a song about it in 1975 on their album of the same name. There have also been numerous films with the same name.

The local annual yacht club event usually started on a Friday evening with visiting and socializing in the Hospitality Tent, and participants are treated to a live band and dancing.   

Saturday saw activities like a scavenger hunt, shrimp boil and more live music. In 2010, the event coincided with the weekend of the American Power Boat Association's National Jet Ski Races in Colonial Beach so event participants were able to watch the racing action.   

On Sunday, there was a Farewell Brunch mid-morning prior to everyone heading home.

2013's event took place on August 10th

Here's a video clip from the 2010 celebration

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