Pet contest promises a waggin’ good time

Dressed as Chewbacca, a dog competes for best trick. - Seth Truscott/Staff Photo
Dressed as Chewbacca, a dog competes for best trick.
— image credit: Seth Truscott/Staff Photo

You know how great your pet is, so why not let everyone else see it, too? Bring your critter to the Festival on Saturday, and let him or her strut their stuff in the Amazing Pet Contest, starting at 4 p.m. at the Community Stage.

“It’s very casual, you just bring your pet. There’s no pre-registration, no fee, it’s just a fun time,” says contest coordinator Kathy Paulus.

Last year, a couple of pretty fabulous chickens won the best costume contest. A variety of animals are welcome. Just make sure they behave around other people and animals.

Pets, and their owners, can compete in two categories, Best Trick and Best Costume, so almost any pet can enter.

A panel of judges will award trophies to the first-place winner of each category, and second and third-place winners will receive ribbons.

Everyone will share in the fun, whether or not they win, because, Paulus says, “It has to be absolutely positive the entire time. And you have to appreciate what effort everybody has put into their trick or their costume … you have to make it fun and positive, so they’re happy to be there.”


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