Gold Rush! October 1st – Noon to 3pm @ SumTur Amphitheater

GRRIN invites you to an afternoon of fun and activities for everyone in your family, pups included! We’ll be hosting our annual Golden Retriever celebration at SumTur Amphitheater. This year we will have a food truck and seated picnic area where you can relax after playing games and visiting local vendors.

Gold Rush will be held from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1st at SumTur Amphitheater just south of Hwy 370 on 108th Street in Papillion.

  • NEW THIS YEAR – Streetside Foods food truck and picnic area!
  • All leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome!
  • Local vendors (see list below)
  • Games for dogs and humans (see list below)
  • Shop at the GRRIN store – the 2024 GRRIN calendar will be available!!
  • Event will be held rain or shine
  • Donations to GRRIN gratefully accepted

Check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information:

SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 South 108th Street, Papillion, NE 68046

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NEW! Pawblo Picasso – Your pup can paint their own art masterpiece

Bobbing for Tennis Balls – Will your dog grab a tennis ball from a tub of water? If so, they get to keep the ball!

Wet Shirt Game – 2 people/dogs race against each other.  There is a bucket full of water with a wet t-shirt in it.  Participants have to race to the bucket, put the t-shirt over their dog’s head and front legs into the arm holes and race back to the starting line.

Shell Game – A treat is placed under one of 3 flower pots.  The pots shift positions.  Can your dog follow the action with his or her sense of smell?  Success means the dog gets the treat.

Spin and Win – You don’t need skill or even a dog for this game.  Spin the wheel to find out which prize you win.

Plinko – Drop the disk and watch it travel  into one of the prize slots.

Golden Goodies Walk (formerly the cake walk) – An old favorite.  This version includes our dogs.  Winners claim their human and /or canine goodies at the table next to the concession stand.

Biscuit Count – Located at the GRRIN Info Booth.  Guess the number of biscuits in the jar. The winner will be the guess that is closest to the actual number of dog biscuits.  Yes, we did count them.  Winner will be announced at  2:30 p.m.

Photo/Kissing Booth – This “frame” is just waiting for your dog to have a photograph taken. You can also join your dog in the picture. You can take your own photos too!

GRRIN Store – Take this opportunity to purchase GRRIN logo merchandise and help support the rescue efforts. We’ll have new, long-sleeved tees and the 2024 GRRIN calendar.

GRRIN Information Booth – Learn more about the many rescue activities and volunteer opportunities of GRRIN.  Or just stop by and introduce your dog.  Be sure to enter the Biscuit Count -winner to be announced at 2:30pm

Bean Bag Toss – Toss a bean bag through one of the holes in the cut-out Scooby Doo board and win a prize for your dog.

Adopted Dog Parade – Show off your rescued pup in the parade of adopted dogs

DogGone Problems – David Codr, training demonstration


Visit our awesome vendors! Special thanks to all for taking time out of their busy schedules and jobs to be with GRRIN. Check this page again for updates!

NAIL TRIMS by the Extra Terrestrial with Victoria Thomas

HYDRODOG OLIVER – Glam it up for Gold Rush! All proceeds to to GRRIN!

DOGGURT – Omaha’s healthy, frozen dog treat

NATURE DOG – the original all-natural pet store

N-Balance Small Animal Chiropractic and Nutrition with Dr. Michele Eckerman and Suki Myers

Caricaturist – Kirk Kunzel joins us again this year! Have a caricature made of your dog for a suggested donation of $10 per dog. Dog caricatures only, please. Kirk’s Works is donating all of the proceeds to GRRIN!

Bumblebee Collars & More – Hand made collars and leashes for your pets to help spice up their lives

The Foster Kitten Project – cat products only, no cats or kittens will be attending

Dr. Cris Macke, LPT  –  Macke Institute of Canine Therapy

Jax & Josie’s Smoked Jerky Dog Treats

Pawfect Choice Dog Grooming, Daycare, Boarding

Roving Photographer – Michael Ryan, UNL Media Arts student

Emcees Kathy Glenn and Curt Bright from The String Beans