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ITHACA, NY – Millions of viewers witnessed Olate Dogs’ high-energy, fast-paced tricks in 2012 during the seventh season of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Now, The State Theatre of Ithaca, Tompkins Trust Company and CSP Management welcome the “AGT”-winning act on Saturday, November 5th at 7pm.

Based in Commerce, Texas, Olate Dogs features father and son Richard and Nicholas Olate, plus 11 pups: Willy, a mini-poodle mix; Cholo, a schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle mix) who famously “drove” a car on stage in the 2012 “AGT” finale; Benny and Bob, schnoodles; Maggie, Lili and Bella, labradoodles; Loca, a Yorkie/Poodle mix; Oso, a standard poodle; and Toby and Copo, poodle mixes.

Aside from the aforementioned car-driving, Olate Dogs’ arsenal of tricks include: scooter-riding, an all-dog conga line, backflips, walking and jumping rope on hind legs, jumping tricks and the wheelbarrow, for which one dog walks on its front legs while another pushes from behind on its rear legs. Upon winning “AGT,” Olate Dogs snared $1 million and headlined the “America’s Got Talent Live in Las Vegas” stage show at The Palazzo in Las Vegas in 2012 and 2013.

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Wherever they perform- the Olate Dogs command standing ovations – including high profile sporting events nationwide, including the NBA, WNBA, major league baseball.

Tickets for Olate Dogs are $20.00 for Adults, $10.00 for Children and a limited amount of VIP Meet and Greet tickets are available for $50.00. Tickets are available through the State Theatre Box Office at 105 West State/MLK Jr. St., by calling 607-277-8283, or online at

Olate Dogs is the next installment of the Tompkins Trust Company and CSP Management Family Series and is generously sponsored by Northeast Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, The Ithaca Times and The Tompkins County SPCA.

State Theatre of Ithaca Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that owns and operates Tompkins County’s last remaining historic theatre. Their mission is to enhance the cultural life of Ithaca and the Finger Lakes by preserving, operating and promoting the historic State Theatre as an active venue for national, international and community performances and programming. Over 50,000 people will attend events there during the 2016/17 season.

(Featured photo courtesy of Olate Dogs Facebook page)