Get to know Sara and Hero, Howl-O-Ween Fest’s headline act

Sara Carson and The Super Collies, finalists on this season of America’s Got Talent, are headlining the 9th Annual Howl-O-Ween Fest at Bridgeland on October 21 and the show promises to be nothing less thanshow stopping.

It’s the way Sara and her team of dogs have been performing for years. Sara started training dogs when she was 8 and by the time she was 17, she’d made it to The Late Show with David Letterman. Her drive and determination saw her beat out almost 300,000 people who auditioned for America’s Got Talent just five years later.

If it all sounds easy, Sara is quick to point out that it’s not.

“I’ve spent the past three years living in my vehicle, traveling for shows and exploring the United States,” she said. “I’ve been training dogs for about 13 years now and running my own dog training facility in Canada for five years.”

But the work is rewarding and it has led to plenty of headlining appearances, like a feature spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Then there’s America’s Got Talent. Along with her dog, Hero, Sara recently made it to the finals on America’s Got Talent, placing fifth overall.

If you caught her act on AGT, Sara promises similar high-flying fun and canine choreography. Joining Sara and The Super Collies will be the Dynamo Dogs, Houston Disc Dogs and The Amazing Blake. All four groups will be part of a lineup that features new acts performing every 30 minutes during Howl-O-Ween Fest, held once again in Bridgeland’s Oak Meadow Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 21.

After making it to the finals on AGT and performing at Bridgeland’s Howl-O-Ween Fest, will Sara take a break to catch her breath? Don’t count on it.

Directly after Howl-O-Ween Fest, she’s heading to Bryan, Texas, to perform with Canine Stars. Then she travels to Nashville for an appearance on Pickler and Ben.

The following week she’ll be at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas before driving overnight to San Francisco for the 49ers halftime show. It all makes for a busy schedule but one that Sara finds very worthwhile.

“Working with dogs is extremely rewarding and it teaches me patience in everything,” she said. “I love being able to show people how to have more fun with their dogs and being able to see the connection build between them.”

Admission and most activities at Howl-O-Ween Fest are free of charge although a few will require a small donation. All proceeds from the event will be donated to participating rescue groups. For more information, visit www.bridgeland.com/howl-o-ween-fest.

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