Barks & Blues Festival 2019

Saturday, May 11th 4-11PM

4th Annual Barks & Blues Festival

Presented by:

The Stelzenmuller Rescues

Planning is well underway for the fourth annual Barks & Blues festival scheduled for May 11, 2019. This year we are excited to announce this pet friendly event will be held at the beautiful Woodruff Park on the Riverfront in Uptown Columbus for the 2nd year in a row and will include great music & entertainment, a pet costume contest, food & beverages, raffles, vendors, and a kids zone. There will also be adoption specials for the wonderful animals that will be on site.

Our Mission

The vision of Paws Humane Society is to create a community where 100% of the adoptable animals in our community find loving homes and no animals will be euthanized because of pet overpopulation. Paws Humane is a regional leader for animal welfare in spay/neuter, adoption, outreach and education, and our mission is to enrich the lives of both animals and people as a solution-based community resource for animal welfare. Paws Humane’s largest fundraiser, Barks and Blues, is crucial to the support of this mission.

Music Line-Up

Headliner: Heather Gillis Band

Neal Lucas
Jonboy Storey
The Mark Sasser Band
Damn Skippy

Pet Costume Contest

The Costume Contest is sponsored by our partners at Preppy Pets, a Columbus dog grooming and boarding facility. The contest will begin at 5:45 p.m. Contestant selections will take place from 4-5:30 p.m. where 15 of the best dressed pets will be chosen for final voting at the main stage. Fun prizes for you and your pet will be awarded!

Contest Categories

  • Owner Pet Lookalike
  • Best Dressed
  • Most Creative
  • Best in Show
  • Preppy Pet Honorable Mention

Celebrity Judges

Muscogee County Sheriff Donna Tompkins, Lori Lee – Voice of 95.3 Country Legends, Carroll Hudson – Owner of Preppy Pets and Paws Humane Board Member, Teresa Whitaker – WRBL News 3 Anchor, and Al Haynes – Georgia Radio Hall of Fame member, Program Director and afternoon show host for Boomer 102.5.


The 4th Annual Barks and Blues Festival would not exist without the generous support from our sponsors. All proceeds raised from Barks and Blues goes directly towards supporting our lifesaving goal of ensuring no healthy or treatable companion animal is ever euthanized for space. Thank you to our 2019 Barks and Blues Festival Sponsors!

The Stelzenmuller Rescues
Wanda & Shelby Amos Foundation
Janice Watson
Law Offices of Gary Bruce
107.7 The Truth
Tito's Handmade Vodka
WC Bradley Company

Become a Vendor

Vendor Booth Fees

Arts & Crafts: $50

Food Trucks: $100

Informational Booths: No Fee

Let us know if you want to be a vendor!

10 + 8 =

Want to be a Barks & Blues volunteer?

*Must be at least 18 years or older*

6 + 11 =

Event Details

Woodruff Park

1000 Bay Ave.
Columbus, GA 31909

Saturday, May 11th

More information on Barks & Blues Events page