Open Streets Emory Village to have circus performers, dog contest

Posted by Dena Mellick September 8, 2015
Open Streets Emory Village is taking place Sunday, September 20. Photo from Facebook.

Open Streets Emory Village is taking place Sunday, September 20. Photo from Facebook.

Emory Village, adjacent to the campus of Emory University, will host the third annual Open Streets DeKalb in Druid Hills on Sunday, September 20.

The free, circus-themed event will include bands, drummers, a bouncy house, a waterslide, a climbing wall, and for the first time, a dog contest.

Though this is the third year for the festival, it’s the first year for the Best in Show dog contest. The Emory Village Alliance website says, “Inspired by the Westminster Dog Show, the dogs in the Open Streets Best In Show will walk the competition circle, sit and shake (if they can). Performance of other tricks will be welcome, but are not required. … The competition begins at 5:15 p.m. Expect a howling good time.”

No registration or training is required to take part in the dog show. There will be two categories of dogs in the competition: large and small. Prizes will be given for the best pups per category, the “most spirited” dog, and the overall Best in Show pooch.

The Alliance website notes, “Neighbors, students and street performers will reclaim the streets between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. when North Decatur Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from the roundabout at the intersection of North Decatur and Oxford roads to Lullwater roundabout, and on north Oxford Road from the roundabout to Clifton Road. Both roundabouts will remain open.”

There will be free parking available at the Emory University Fishburne parking deck at 1672 North Decatur Road.

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