Cutest & Ugliest Dog Contest

—The family- and pet-friendly Outdoor Market at Battle Ground Village invites you to the Dog Days of Summer, a special event happening on Saturday, Aug. 1, when the market will hold contests for the cutest—and the ugliest!—dogs on the North Bank. If you don’t have a cute (or ugly) dog or cat and you really, really want one, there will also be a pet adoption event happening at the market on Aug. 1. Last but not least, there will be a special visit from the absolutely adorable Buttons the Pony, who normally resides at Silver Buckle Ranch (a great place to take riding lessons—visit for more information).

As usual, the market will be packed with produce from local farmers, wares fashioned by North Bank artisans, and live music. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 26. Visitors will find fresh local fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, flowers, plants, arts and crafts, baked goods, delicious prepared food, home and garden gifts and accessories, live entertainment, and children’s activities.

Battle Ground Village is a collection of shops, restaurants, and residences located near the intersection of S.E. Grace Ave. and S.E. Rasmussen Blvd. If you’re hungry or thirsty after the market ends, you can always visit the excellent Northwood Public House & Brewery, Uncle D’s Wood-fired Pizza, Pasta Gigi’s, or Emanar Cellars—and they’re all easy to get to, because they’re all located right in Battle Ground Village. For more information, visit, e-mail or call 360-888-5700.

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