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Milton Welcomes the Dog Days of Summer

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MILTON, Del.- It was a day full of live entertainment, food trucks, beer, vendors and of course some furry friends. The town of Milton kicked off its first Dog Days of Summer Festival on Saturday to showcase the importance of dog rescue in the community.

The festival was a place for all people passionate about food, music, and dogs. From 3-7 p.m., people gathered in downtown Milton. To start the day off, the Nashville's JC Anderson Band was one of the headliners. Other bands that performed during the festival included the Pawnshop Roses and the Al Frantic Band. 

Annette Babich is the founder of the Dog Days of Summer Festival in Milton. Babich just recently moved to the area and she wanted to find a way to be a part of the community.

"It wasn't until we rescued our dogs, that we knew we wanted to spread awareness about dog rescue. We then decided to create a whole music festival around it," said Babich. 

The Dog Days of Summer is a festival to raise money for the Milton Community Food Pantry, the Milton Historical Society and the Doggone Happy Animal Rescue. The founder of Doggone Happy Animal Rescue, Dawn Mitchell, says this festival is a way to spread awareness for dog rescue. The Dog Days of Summer Festival included many demonstrations for dogs on adoption 101, training, grooming, and nutrition.

"There are just so many animals dying in shelters and so much over breeding and inbreeding. So our rescue center supports the saying adopt don't shop," says Mitchell. 

The Dog Days of Summer Festival was sponsored by multiple companies, clubs and departments around Sussex County. Along with sponsors, the Dog Days of Summer Festival had two local craft beer partners. The Dogfish Head Brewery and Big Oyster Brewery featured two local craft beers. To go with that beer, multiple food trucks were at the festival as well. Paul's Kitchen & Cullen-ary Co., Uncle John's Smokehouse Pit, Sea Hogg, Zaikka, and the Suburban Farmhouse Fresh Cart were all at the event. 

Founder Annette Babich says she hopes the Dog Days of Summer in Milton will become an annual event every year. 



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