Rick's Cafe to host Tails and Ales

Dogs play at the tiki bar at Rick's Cafe during a past Yappy Hour event. Rick's Cafe will host a similar event and couple it with a craft beer festival to raise money for the Okitbbeha County Humane Society. (Submitted photo)
Staff Writer

Rick's Cafe will host a fundraising event on Saturday named Tails and Ales, an event that will couple the venue's popular Yappy Hour event with an evening-time craft beer festival.

Beginning at 2 p.m., dogs and their owners are invited to hang out and play at the tiki bar at Rick's. Donations will be accepted throughout the day and a minimum donation of $20 to the Oktibbeha County Humane Society will serve as the cover charge for the craft beer festival starting at 7 p.m.

"People can bring their dogs out to our outside tiki bar," owner of Rick's Cafe and president of the OCHS Board of Directors Rick Welch said. "We'll have kiddie pools with water set up they can jump in or they can play in the sand."
Beginning at 7 p.m. there will be live music and craft beer vendors will be giving away samples.

The evening lineup of performances include Jeffrey Rupp at 7 p.m., the Holograhams at 8:30 p.m., and Tesheva at 10:30 p.m.

"This started with my manager's idea to do a craft beer festival," Welch said. "If it makes sense, I often make events here a fundraiser for the Humane Society. This made sense."

Every dollar that goes to OCHS makes a difference in the lives of its animals. Money from OCHS's general fund goes toward keeping the animals healthy and making them more readily adoptable. Welch gave the example of heart worm medication. Paying for heart worm treatment is expensive, and dogs that need that treatment are often overlooked because of that extra expense. When OCHS is able to provide that treatment to animals before adoption, the animal is less likely to be overlooked.

Rick's Cafe plans to expand its fundraising opportunities, and host Yappy Hour events on a more regular basis.

"Part of my job on the board is to try and raise money, and I'm in a unique situation where I own a business that can help raise money, so I do it when I can," Welch said. "So far, the events I've done have been pretty well-received.

The event will be the second fundraising event for OCHS on Saturday. In the morning, OCHS will have its annual Dog Paddle from 9 a.m. to noon, which will benefit its spay and neuter fund.

"It's a big day for dogs in Starkville," Welch said. "They have lots to choose from as far as entertainment."