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Salt Lake City hosts Yappy Hour for dogs and dog owners

Aug 09, 2021 13h15 ● By Anagha Rao

Cornell the Grey Nugget having a blast finding tennis balls. (Photo courtesy @rhi_mish_creative)

By Anagha Rao | [email protected] 

Yappy Hour, one of Salt Lake City’s signature programs for dogs and dog lovers is back this summer. The first Yappy Hour of the summer was held on Tuesday, July 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Fairmont Park. 

“The first Yappy Hour event began in the summer of 2015 within the parks department. It started when a group of dog lovers in the community organized an event that highlighted the Salt Lake City parks with established off-leash areas to celebrate people and their dogs,” said Amy Nilsson, the Salt Lake City Event Manager. 

Admission to Yappy Hour is free, and dog lovers of all ages are welcome. Half of the park is dedicated to a large off-leash area with dog toys, water bowls and treats. The other half of the event has booths from local businesses that provide products and services related to dogs. This includes grooming services, pet CPR training, pet photography and even clothing for dogs. 

The event includes live music, activities and food for you and your pup. You can take printable pictures with you and your dog, or take your dog to splash around in the many doggy pools. Attendees will also be able to enter giveaways for free dog products.

 If you want food or drinks, this event has a lineup of seven food trucks. One truck even has chicken- or beef-flavored snow cones for dogs. Anyone 21 and older can purchase  cold beer from Proper Brewing, the official beer sponsor of Yappy Hour. 

Yappy Hour is also a great place if you are looking for a new dog. Rescue Rover, an organization that helps homeless dogs find homes, will bring dogs up for adoption. People can meet the dogs, and if there is just one they can’t say no to, they can adopt them on site. 

The Friends of Fairmount Park are collecting usable shopping bags. Nilsson says, “If you have a bag of bags that you don't know what to do with, drop them off at the donation bin located near the entrance.” All bags must be in reusable condition and free of holes. 

The next Yappy Hour event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Pioneer Park. On Tuesday, Sept.14, another Yappy Hour event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at Liberty Park. For more information, visit the Fairmont Park Yappy Hour Facebook page.