Appalachian Mountain Brewery will host the 8th annual K9 Keg Pull on Jan.15

Beginning at 1 p.m., dogs of all sizes will be paired with empty beer kegs, which will then be mounted to sleds and snowboards and raced in-tow down a race track that has been expanded from last year’s 100-foot course.

The fundraising event benefits Partners! Canines, a High Country dog rescue nonprofit organization that works with the surrounding counties in North Carolina to rescue puppies and dogs from high-kill shelters in rural NC and transport them to rescue partners around the country, who then spay/neuter them and find them forever homes. The Todd-based nonprofit will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from the keg pull.

The 2020 event garnered more than $3,000 and registered 82 dogs. The event’s founder Lynn Smith said she is hoping for snow this year.

Guests are invited to come out and enjoy a beer or hot chocolate, browse a variety of handmade dog-themed art and enjoy the race. The event will also feature canine delights such as doggie-beer and warm bone broth, which will be on sale by the event’s organizers.

Pre-registration for the race is $15 and open until Jan. 14, though competitors can register day-of for $20. Registration will be open from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information or to register a pup visit

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