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Submitted by mbrouse on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 2:45pm

Amelia Richmond, Squaw Valley
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Peaks and Paws Festival Celebrates the Dogs of Tahoe this August

Enjoy a weekend with man's best friend featuring live bluegrass, wine tasting and mountain events

[Olympic Valley, Calif.] August 6, 2013 – The Village at Squaw Valley is paying tribute to man – and woman’s – best friend this August with the 4th Annual Peaks and Paws Festival on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25. Dogs and their people can enjoy two stages of live bluegrass, 15 wineries, great beer from Lagunitas, pet themed art, and activities and outings specially designed for furry friends. The Village will host an incredible line-up of bluegrass acts both days from 12-6 p.m., and pet-friendly outdoor events will kick off earlier each day. All of the proceeds from the festival will benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.


Pet-Partner Events

The festival’s pet-partner events will kick off early on Saturday, August 24 with the first ever competitive trail run from Alpine Meadows to Squaw Valley. The Alpine 2 Squaw 10K Challenge is open to runners and walkers, as well as to dogs for those who register in the “Pets and People” category. All proceeds from the race will benefit young athletes through the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Foundation as well as the Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe. To sign up, participants can visit     

Later in the day, Peaks and Paws welcomes the return of Fetch Fest at Cushing Pond, which has been expanded to both days of the festival. Starting at 3 p.m., the Fetch Fest will be a timed ball retrieval contest to see which dog can retrieve the most tennis balls from Cushing Pond before time runs out. Fetch Fest has a $5 entry, with all proceeds benefitting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

People and pets can also join dog-friendly guided hikes at High Camp and explore the unique flora and fauna that lives at elevation 8,200 feet. Hikes are free with a tram ticket or season pass and begin at 12:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. each day, leaving from High Camp.


Live Music   

Headlining on Saturday evening at 4 p.m., mandolin maestro, David Grisman, leads his four piece band through his own personal spin in the form of "dawg" music, a unique, highly intricate, harmonically advanced hybrid of so many different stylistic influences (swing, bluegrass, Latin, jazz, gypsy) that he had to invent a name for it.  

Closing the festival on Sunday is Tahoe’s favorite high-energy, Americana/roots-infused five-piece band, The Dead Winter Carpenters.

The festival lineup also includes a host of other great roots and bluegrass acts including Paige Anderson & the Fearless Kin, The Brothers Comatose, Low Flying Birds, The Silent Comedy, The Sierra Drifters and Bison. The music compliments the perfect setting for sipping delicious wines, sampling craft beers and enjoying the stunning mountain views of Squaw Valley.


Wine and Beer Tasting

Festival goers can also enjoy wine tasting on First Street in The Village from 3-6 p.m. on both Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25 – featuring savory and unique wines from 15 different vineyards including Charlyn Zin, White Hart and McIntyre Vineyards.

Music by Lonesome Locomotive, The Sierra Drifters, and Bison will accompany the wine tasting. Wine tasting is $25 per day, and the price includes a festival wine glass, with a $5 discount available with entry donation. Refreshing flavors of Lagunitas beer will also be available for $4 from 2-8 p.m. All proceeds from wine tasting and beer sales benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.


Saturday, August 24

Paige Anderson & The Fearless Kin (12-2 p.m.)
The Brothers Comatose (2-4 p.m.)
Headliner: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience (4-6 p.m.)


Lonesome Locomotive (12-2pm)
The Sierra Drifters (3-6 p.m.)


Activities, Vendors & Artists (12-6 p.m.)
Wine Tasting (3-6 p.m.) on First Street
Beer Available (12-6 p.m.)


Sunday, August 25

Low Flying Birds (12-2 p.m.)
The Silent Comedy (2-4 p.m.)
Headliner: Dead Winter Carpenters (4-6 p.m.)


Bison (3-6 p.m.)


Activities, Vendors & Artists (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Beer Available (2-8 p.m.)
Wine Tasting (3-6 p.m.) on First Street in The Village at Squaw Valley

About Squaw Valley
Host of the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley is a year-round mountain destination offering world-class adventures in every season. In summer, Squaw’s scenic aerial tram transports guests to elevation 8,200 feet to experience an array of exciting activities in a spectacular mountain setting including swimming, hiking, roller skating, disc golf and geocaching. At the base of the mountain, Squaw’s vibrant Village offers all new croquet, bean bag toss and a climbing wall, as well as shopping, al fresco dining, and music festivals all summer long.

For great summer lodging packages, call 1-866-366-7261 or visit

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