Axarquia Animal rescue are holding a country festival in Riogordo (which is around 34 miles from Nerja) on Sunday 14th of October (postponed from September due to the storms). Fun for all the family including dog show, handicraft competitions, Best cake and preserve classes and fun races for the kids to win ‘Olympic style’ medals. Gates open at 12pm and the party will continue until late into the night.

The dog show has twelve classes including two for obedience as well as classes for pedigree’s, crossbred’s, Best rescue dog, waggiest tail, child handler and fancy dress. There are some fantastic prizes on offer, as this part of the show is being sponsored by The entry fee for each class is 5 euros and they will be giving a 5 euros voucher to be used in their online shop to every entrant. They are also giving a 50 euro voucher and a sack of dog food to every first prize winner and the Best in show. rosettes will also be awarded down to sixth place. Entries are from 1pm with judging starting at 2pm.

The handicraft competition has 20 classes, so hopefully something for everyone. From traditional spanish crafts such as decorated roof tiles, jugs and plates to The best scarecrow. There are also classes for greeting cards, items made of paper mache, mosaic, knitted, crocheted and embroidered. As well as preserves, cakes, the largest vegetable and a children’s classes. Entries are from 12pm with judging starting at 1pm. Entry is 2 euros per class for adults and 1 euro for children. Prizes are rosettes down to 3rd and a trophy cup to the Best in show. Full details of the classes can be found on the website

There will be plenty to keep non dog lovers amused as well. The main ring will have displays by the muncipal band, flamenco dancers and even a fire eater! As the day turns to night the entertainment will continue with a line up of bands to keep everyone amused. There will of course be a bar, paella and lots of stalls and a raffle. A bouncy castle for the kids and a display of model aircraft and Harley Davidson motor cycles.

Axarquia Animal Rescue

All the money raised will be going to Axarquia Animal Rescue which was founded a year ago by Teresa Dainty to help combat the problems of stray and abandonded animals in the area. What started out as a small group on Facebook has grown into a small army of helpers. Without the facilities of kennels or a cattery, stray animals are fostered in peoples homes until they can be rehomed. AAR helps with the costs of feeding the animals, vetinary costs and getting them neutered. There are never enough people to offer foster homes and if you can help please contact Teresa on 656396885.

The event will be being held at the Romeria ground in the town. Approaching from Lake Vinuela, turn off right just after the petrol station and then left following sign posts for the village of Riogordo. The feria ground is a short way along on the left hand side and will easily be seen on the day by the large posters on either side of the road! There are still spaces left for stalls at 15 euros a pitch. Contact details are again, Teresa 656396885 or go to the website

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