Walk the dog, taste the wine
NORTHPORT — If you like dogs and wine, why not combine them this weekend at the Northport Dog Parade and Wine Festival?
The annual event will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Northport Dog Parade, and will be followed by the Northport Wine Festival from noon to 6 p.m.
The parade, which features the theme “The Wizard of Pawz” this year, begins at the Mill Pond in Northport and proceeds to Haserot Park on Rose Street. Prizes will be given to the dogs and handlers with the best costumes.
Judging for the contest runs from 9:30-10:45 p.m.
Registration for the parade costs $5 for those who pre-register and $10 the day of the event.
The wine festival features wines from 10 wineries and cideries, all from the northern tip of the Leelanau Peninsula.
Tickets to the wine festival cost $15 and include a glass and three free tastes. Subsequent tastes will be sold by vendors at prices that vary depending on the cost of the wine, said Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Drummond.
For more information, call 233-2113.
Fill Goodwill’s freezer at the fair
TRAVERSE CITY — Goodwill is asking fair goers to help it fill its freezer with meat donated from the Northwestern Michigan Fair livestock auction.
Last year, generous bidders gave the Goodwill Inn emergency meal programs about 10,000 pounds of meat, including 30 pigs and five steers. The meat donated last year was worth an estimated $34,000, according to program officials.
If you would like to help the program you can either go to the Northwestern Michigan Fair Livestock Auction at 8 a.m. today at the fair grounds on Blair Town Hall Road south of Chums Corners.
Or you can donate money directly to Goodwill for it to use to buy livestock by calling Lilly at 995-7742.
Any excess meat donated will be distributed to local food pantries and emergency meal providers to be given to the needy.