Gahanna's Paws in the Plaza, 117 Mill St., is celebrating 10 years of welcoming people and their pets to check out the Creekside area and vendors.

Held the first Thursday of each month from April through October, the free event starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs until 7:30 or 8 p.m., depending on the time of year.

The next one is scheduled today, July 5.

"We started the event the year the Creekside development opened, with the goal of introducing people to the area to see all it had to offer," said Amy Evans, director of the Olde Gahanna Community Partnership, sponsor of the event.

"Ten years later, we still meet people at every event who say, 'I never knew all this was here!' Not only local people, but people that come from outside of Columbus. We love it. And we love showing off our community," she said.

Once visitors discover the area during Paws in the Plaza, Evans said, they can come back any day and still have a great experience with their four-legged friends.

"Bringing in music and vendors is our way of making it extra-special once a month, but most people come back more frequently," she said.

"It's such a fun event," wrote Ashley Pelzer in a review on the Paws in the Plaza Facebook page. "My dogs love taking me every month."

There are usually 20 to 25 vendors, many that are pet-related, although others are welcome, too.

Some vendors include K-9 Be Good, Animal Care Center at Cherry Way, Cause for Paws and Family Dog K9 Training.

"There are pet bandannas, shirts, collars, treats and also decorations, jewelry and items for the home," Evans said. "There are trainers, dog walkers, pet sitters and vets, and usually at least one adoption group. Vendors vary each month."

Paws in the Plaza attendees can go on an adventure by completing the "Waggin' Trail" and receive a free gift at the end. Participants must have several vendors sign off on a form they can pick up at the event or at PawsinthePlaza.com.

The first 50 people to turn in the form receive a thank-you gift.

"No purchase is necessary," Evans said. "It's just our way to say 'thank you' for coming to the event, and it's a nice way for the vendors to have interactions with the visitors."

This is the second year radio station 103.9 Jack FM has joined in the fun.

"Music has added a nice party vibe to the event, and they also bring fun games and giveaways," Evans said of station representatives.

For more event information, visit the Paws in the Plaza Gahanna Facebook page or www.PawsinthePlaza.com.

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