San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Manuel Antonio/Quepos Tidings

The annual Mule Festival, organized by the Asociación para el Bienestar del Cantón de Parrita, was held recently in Parrita, featuring a beauty contest, dances, parades, bullfighting and food booths. Years ago, mules were used as the primary work animal for plowing fields and transporting crops to market. The Mule Festival was started by a single farmer who held heated races between his mules, and has since evolved into the biggest tourist draw of the year for Parrita.

A 5K fun walk/run and 10K race called “Walkin’ the DAWG” will be puppy-backing on the second annual Copa Playa Dominicalito race March 14 (see separate report above) to raise money for DAWG, an organization that helps homeless dogs by caring for them (and neutering or spaying them) until they can be adopted.

You can bring your dog with you on the walk as long as it’s on a leash. Seventy percent of your entry fee will go to DAWG and the remainder to the race operation fund. Please register for the race with Shawnell Parker, DAWG foster mom, in order for your entry fee to benefit DAWG.

Your sponsorship of ¢10,000 ($18) will help with the cost of spaying or neutering one animal. If you can’t participate in the race but want to contribute, you can sponsor Shawnell, who will be walking the 5K.

For more information or to register, e-mail


–Jennifer Rice,

& Anita Myketuk,

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