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New Brighton Park Goes to the Dogs During 12th Annual Goldzilla Extravaganza and Fundraiser

August 26, 2021

Contact: Kate Edenborg [email protected]

More Than 600 Dogs Expected to Attend 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Minnetonka, Minn. (August 16, 2021) Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM) is hosting its 12th annual Goldzilla, a day-long dog extravaganza for dogs of all breeds. The event features a Walk for Rescue, pet activities, contests, giveaways, a vendor village and much more on Sunday, September 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton, Minn.  

The event is expected to attract more than 600 dogs and over 1,200 people. RAGOM is a nonprofit that has rescued and rehomed more than 9,000 Golden Retrievers and Golden Retriever mixes since its inception in 1985. 

“Goldzilla is truly a day for dogs, complete with a line-up of activities and a chance for dogs and dog lovers to join together and celebrate their love of all things canine,” said RAGOM’s Marketing Manager Amy Lake. “Every year we look forward to Goldzilla not only as a fundraiser to help us with our efforts to rescue Golden Retrievers in need, but also as a way to unite dogs and dog lovers.”

Free shuttle buses are available for overflow parking.

WHERE: Long Lake Regional Park
               1500 Old Highway 9
               New Brighton, MN

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.
             Sunday, September 19

WHO: Meet, video, and photograph 600 Golden Retrievers rescued from across the Midwest, Turkey, and China; interview volunteers who rescue, foster, and adopt.

Complete Schedule for Goldzilla:

8:30 a.m.

Lure Course opens. (Dogs chase a mechanically-operated lure around a system of pulleys.) Until 2 p.m.

Agility, beach swimming and off-leash play Until 2 p.m.

Paw prints painting Until 2 p.m.

Audi photo contest (dogs pose in Audi convertible) Until 2 p.m.

Vendor Village Until 2 p.m.

Free microchip scans Until 2 p.m.

Nail trimming and ear cleaning Until 2 p.m.

9:00 a.m.

Shuttle bus begins (dogs welcome to ride!) Until 2:15 p.m.

Silent auction Until 1 p.m.

Raffle tickets on sale Until 1:30 p.m.

Wine pull. Pay $10 per pull and get a chance to unwrap wines from $10 to $40 in value.  Until sold out

9:30 a.m.

RAGOM Reunions (dogs rescued from Turkey, China, large-scale rescues, and moms/puppies) Until 1 p.m.

Meet Sully, the RAGOM dog that inspired the children’s book by the same name Until 11:30 a.m.

10:00 a.m.

Walk for Rescue begins Until 11 a.m.

Foster Dog Showcase Until 2 p.m.

12:15 p.m.

Foster Showcase Parade featuring foster dogs looking for their forever homes.  Until 12:45 p.m.

12:15 p.m.

Foster Showcase Parade featuring foster dogs looking for their forever

homes.  Until 12:45 p.m.

2:00 p.m.

Goldzilla closes