We’re not here to judge, but the ‘world’s ugliest dog’ can be found in Petaluma

Elwood is a Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix dog and previous winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma.
Elwood is a Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix dog and previous winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma. AP

Does your dog have a face only a mother could love? If so, take your homely hound to the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma and compete in the annual “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.”

The dog festivities begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 23, but the “beauty” pageant starts at 6 p.m. and includes a red carpet walk and a “Faux Paw” fashion show featuring adoptable or previously adopted dogs. It’s free to attend, but entering your pooch costs $10.

The lucky dog who’s crowned ugliest of them all is awarded $1,500, and gets to be flown out to New York for media appearances, according to the contest’s website.

Last year’s winner was a blind, 4-pound, 17-year-old Chinese crested Chihuahua named Sweepee Rambo.

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Monterey Rock and Rod Festival

What: Turn back the clock and check out the Monterey Rock and Rod Festival, a two-day event that includes a sock hop, an Elvis tribute band and an all-day car classic. Proceeds go to Gateway Center of Monterey County Inc., “a nonprofit corporation providing life skills to adults with intellectual disabilities.”

Where: Sock hop at Monterey County Fairgrounds, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey; car show at Custom House Plaza, Monterey

When: Sock hop at 5-10 p.m., Friday, June 23; car show at 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, June 24

Cost: Sock hop is $20; car show is free


ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival

What: Can’t stand the wait for San Diego’s Comic-Con? ID10T Music Festival and Comic Conival offers a weekend filled with concerts, comedy and cosplay. The event boasts an impressive musical lineup, including Weezer and OK GO, and kids 10 and under get in for free with adult ticket purchase.

When: 2-8 p.m., Friday, June 23

Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View

Cost: Tickets start at $65


Lompoc Flower Festival and Parade

What: Celebrating Lompoc Valley’s floral heritage, the event includes blooming colorful flower fields and a parade filled with locally built floats made of flowers and natural materials, most of which come from the valley.

When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday, June 21-Friday, June 23; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, June 24-Sunday June 25; parade at 10 a.m. June 24

Where: Ryon Park, 125 W. Walnut Ave., Lompoc

Cost: Free June 21 and before 1 p.m. June 22; otherwise $4


Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks: 916-321-1418, @ayoonhendricks