The Muddy Mississippi Mutt March II: The Mutts March Back!

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Unleash the hounds as you, and as many dogs as you can handle, trot, charge, bound, leap or stroll through the Muddy Mississippi Mutt March II! Still the only bi-state canine costume parade in the entire U.S., the Mutt March will cross the Mississippi River from Clinton, IA to Fulton, IL. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the pack at the Muddy Mississippi Mutt March II. All proceeds will benefit Midwest Pets for Life, a 501(c)(3) Animal Welfare non-profit.

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Midwest Pets for Life announces the Muddy Mississippi Mutt March II, to be held Saturday, September 29th, in conjunction with The Midwest River Fest, a two day festival on September 29th and 30th. On Saturday, the 1.6-mile dog-and-human march will begin at 10:00AM in Fulton, Illinois and cross the Highway 136 Bridge spanning the Mississippi River and end in the historic Lyons District in Clinton, Iowa. At 10:00AM, the bridge will be closed to all motor vehicles and other traffic. The bridge will re-open after the last event participant has crossed. The main bridge span will not be open to spectators, but on-lookers are encouraged to cheer on all participants from a footpath that runs along the north side of the bridge. Leashes are required, with a maximum length of six feet. Parking is available at the Clinton Municipal Swimming Pool in Clinton; shuttles will transport participants, including dogs, to the starting line. Festivities are available for the entire family in Clinton beginning at 10:00AM.

The starting line is located at the Second Reformed Church parking lot, 703 – 14th Avenue in Fulton, Illinois. The March will begin at 10:00AM and proceed west on 13th Avenue in Fulton to 4th Street and turning south to cross the Mississippi via the Highway 136 Bridge and continuing north to the historic Lyons District in Clinton, Iowa. Once in Clinton, participants will be shuttled to the festival on the Clinton Riverfront by the bandshell. Dogs and humans are encouraged to bring their Alpha game to the March: costumes and floats are encouraged, but not mandatory.

The March will kick off 2 days of festivities; at the event, you’ll find food, fun, and festivities galore. On Saturday, at the Band Shell, find live music performances all day on Saturday (10:00 am to 9:00 pm) and into the early afternoon on Sunday (10:00 am to 4:00 pm). Does your mutt prefer a more free-wheeling kind of entertainment? Then check out the variety of acts on display at the Free Acts Tent, where performers from near and far will showcase their talents from 11:30 - 5:30 on Saturday, and 10:00 - 3:00 on Sunday. A highlight of the event will be Canines in the Clouds, performing a variety of stunts and tricks including lure chasing, dock diving, Frisbee throwing, and much more. Canines in the Clouds will perform three shows a day at the event. Shows on Saturday will commence after the Mutt March is finished. Don’t miss out on the excitement!

In addition to live performances, vendors of all kinds and several animal welfare groups will have displays and booths at the venue. There will be agility and obedience demonstrations by local trainers and shelters. Enjoy the food and other wares offered and learn about the good work being done for pets and animals by various charities.

Find entry forms, vendor and volunteer applications, and more at midwestpetsforlife.org. Early
packet pickup and late registration for the Mutt March will be available at the Clinton Riverfront
Band Shell on Friday, September 28th from 5:00-9:00 pm. On Saturday, there will be absolutely no late registration. To guarantee a goodie bag and t-shirt, you MUST be signed up by August 31st. Shuttle service the day of the event will run from the Clinton Swimming Pool parking lot to Fulton, taking dogs and humans to the Mutt March starting point, and from Four-Square Park to the festival and parking area after the March.

The first 200 dogs will receive a collar tag and treat bag. ALL participants must provide actual
certificate of rabies vaccination at the time of registration to participate. The rabies tag alone is not sufficient.

All funds raised by the Muddy Mississippi Mutt March will benefit the animals connected with Midwest Pets For Life, providing vital funding for all MPFL programs, including Spay/Neuter,
Vaccination/Microchip, Animeals, Adoption Options, Home-based services, and Dietary Rescue Bank.

About Midwest Pets For Life Midwest Pets For Life is a 501(c) (3) Animal Welfare non-profit,
dedicated to assisting the elderly, the disabled, and low-income pet owners in times of need by offering pet retention programs, services and education, while implementing sustainable programs and services that enhance companion animal ownership. To learn more, visit http://www.midwestpetsforlife.org, or call (563) 249-2206 or (563) 243-3106.

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