Howlong’s Mutts in May Festival is an annual event that happens on the first Sunday in May. It used to happen in the main street (Hawkins Street) when the road was closed with traffic diverted for the day but the event is now held on the grounds of the Howlong Country Golf Club.
The day is full of fun events for dogs and the owners in a family-friendly environment. Two of the main events are the Pirtek Brute to Ute dog race and the Aussie Pet Health Treats Canine Catwalk parade. The Brute to Ute is a 100m dash down a straight course finishing with a jump into the back of a ute. The winner is crowned the Howlong Hownd. The Canine Catwalk doesn’t feature any felines, just pooches and Poodles to Pomeranians are welcome.
The Howlong Country Golf Club also puts on events on the day like Putts in May (prizes for the least number of putts) and the Dog Bowl, an Open Three Bowls Triples event. There will also be market stalls, a car boot sale, displays and entertainment. The organisers expect around 2000 people attending with 200 to 300 dogs… who are expected to be on their best behaviour. If they aren’t they get a Yellow Card warning, followed by a Red Card that means it is ‘home time’.
Howlong is a lovely little riverside town (north side of the Murray) with a population of about 2500 people. The name is derived from the local Aboriginal language, ‘Oolong’ which mimics the sound of brolga birds… but since you ask, Howlong takes less than 30 minutes from Albury (30km) where Rydges Albury in Dean Street can look after all your accommodation needs.
The photo is from the May 3, 2013 Border Mail showing festival co-ordinator Karie Lowe, right, with Jenni Dick and her dogs Mack and Missy at the Howlong Country Golf Club. Picture: Ben Eyles.