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Ales for Tails to raise funds for Columbiana dog park

COLUMBIANA — Twelve local breweries are ready to serve some ales for the local canine residents.

Local resident Sean Zentner has worked closely with Birdfish Brewing Company, Sitler the Printer, iSynergy and Firestone Homestead President Tom Mackall to introduce Columbiana Craft Beerfest Ales for Tails.

Breweries, vendors and food trucks will fill up Firestone Farms Town Center between 4 and 8 p.m. Oct. 9 during the beer festival.

“The event is to raise money for our dog park here. Hopefully it will put us over the top with our goal,” Zentner said.

Zentner hopes to raise nearly $20,000 for the construction of a dog park at Harvey S. Firestone Park.

“We’ve picked a beautiful spot down past where the walking trails are. It will be great to let your dog run,” Zentner remarked.

The dog park is predicted to be a one-acre fenced-in setting featuring shade trees, water stations, park benches and waste stations for dogs and owners to relax and play.

Advance wristbands for Ales for Tails will be $25 while wristbands purchased at the door will be $30.

Over 40 craft beers and three food trucks will be present. Two bands will play live music.

According to Zentner, the growth within the community reflects support for projects like the dog park.

“It’s really touching. I’m from town here, I grew up in town,” Zentner said. “It’s great to see how we came through the years.”

Those attending Ales for Tails are being asked to refrain from bringing their own dogs due to limited space.

“My concern is if we get 500 dogs in that little area, dogs sometimes don’t see eye to eye on things,” Zentner explained. “We don’t want dog fights everywhere.”

“We are really striving to have this put us over the top so that we can give Columbiana Firestone Park the correct dog park, not just a field,” he added.

According to Zentner, the contributions and willingness to help from residents and community businesses alike has been astounding.

“It’s amazing how everyone wants to help for the dog park,” Zentner said. “When you put beer and dogs together it’s a wonderful event.”

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