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Fall weather brings cool events

It might still be a little too early for the leaves to begin changing color, but area pumpkin patches are beginning to brighten the local landscape with seasonal orange splashes.

Opening day at these seasonal sale lots is a sure sign that fall has arrived, and for once, the weather has been cooperative. Temperatures are finally falling into the comfortable range. A couple of cool, crisp nights and mild, pleasant afternoons are signaling the arrival of fall.

A glance at our events calendar provides another sign that fall is finally upon us — activities for all ages are sprouting up faster than those pumpkins we mentioned.

Yes, this is another of those times when it’s great to be in Denton. Activities for all ages abound.

Today, for example, the North Texas Fairgrounds in Denton will be overtaken by scores of four-legged critters and their owners and friends as the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation presents its annual Tails and Trails event.

The festival, which includes 10K, 5K and 1-mile pet walks, is a major annual fundraiser for the foundation. All funds raised will go toward the Denton municipal animal shelter, which handles more than 5,000 abandoned and abused pets each year.

This year’s event will see a few more food vendors than in years past, as well as a collection booth for items that people want to donate to the shelter — dog food, blankets, detergents and other items are always needed.

A spokeswoman for the event said the PepsiCo Animal Welfare Society will have a booth, and there will be a pet parade of shelter dogs available for adoption, a pet costume contest and children’s entertainment.

The activities will get started early, at about 8 a.m., and continue through lunch time. It sounds like a lot of fun and benefits a good cause, so why not drop by and share your morning with other animal lovers?

Leashed pets are welcome. Admission and parking are free, and you can find complete details at

Once the Tails and Trails events are done, you can head south to Fry Street for the second annual Fry Street WakePoolooza presented by Fry Street Tavern. This event, planned from 3 to 10 p.m. will feature a DJ, live wakeboarding and other activities.

The event is free for all ages, and more information is available at

We don’t like to think about it, but a lot of our favorite music makers aren’t as young as they once were. That’s sort of the point to the Industrial Street International Pop Festival, a tribute band extravaganza dubbed “Geezerpalooza,” that’s planned on Sunday.

A full day of tribute bands will help locals get their groove on, starting at 1 p.m. and wrapping up at 7 p.m. The lineup features Psycho Pony, a tribute band covering Neil Young & Crazy Horse; Bob Dylan fanboys the Buick Six; the Almost Brothers standing in for the Allman Brothers Band; Remain in Light covering the Talking Heads; and Forgotten Space honoring the Grateful Dead.

The show is free, and is scheduled to run outside of Dan’s Silverleaf on Industrial Street. If it rains, the festival will move inside Dan’s Silverleaf at 103 Industrial St.

There’s much more to choose from this weekend, so we’d recommend a visit to our website at where you can find listings and articles about featured events.

There’s always plenty to do in Denton, but fall is an especially rich time, filled with events offering music, food and fun and for the whole family.

Why not be a part of it?