CANINE CONTESTANTS (like the one above) will take on the new Lucky Dogs Lure Coursing at this years Ultimate Dogpawlooza, being held Sept. 8 at Riverbend Recreation Area. (Photo provided)

The Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County along with the Hancock Park District will present Ultimate Dogpawlooza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in Riverbend Recreation Area, 16618 Township Road 208. The public can attend for free.

Lucky Dogs Lure Coursing will serve as the main event, featuring an artificial lure attached to a line that goes at speeds of up to 40 mph across an open field in a pattern that simulates live prey.

The lures are modified to utilize a continuous closed-loop system with variable speed control and reversible direction to accommodate all levels of canine athleticism.

It costs $10, cash or credit, to participate in the lure course. For the protection of all dogs, female dogs in heat are not allowed on the premises; dogs must be on a leash at all times unless participating in the lure course; and any aggressive dog will be removed. Cats are not allowed.

For a fee, attendees can attempt to drop the dog warden into a dunk tank. There will also be games and an inflatable dog for kids to play on, as well as food and merchandise vendors.

Madam Houndini will also be on hand to read dog paws and predict fortunes, along with a variety of dog contests and demonstrations from local law enforcement K-9 units.

The event’s proceeds will help the Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County care for the animals at the shelter. The Humane Society and SPCA of Hancock County does not receive financial support from national organizations or tax money, relying instead on community support.

Participants and visitors can bring items to pack a LaRiche vehicle to benefit the Humane Society. Wish-list items include bleach, paper towels, dog/cat toys, canned dog/cat food, and dog treats.

For a complete wish list or to become a vendor, walk into the Humane Society at 4550 Fostoria Ave., call 419-423-1664 or visit