Downtown’Dog Days’ returns here Aug. 16

By on July 31, 2013

It’s time to let the dogs out!

The Ephrata Merchants Association is currently gearing up for the fourth edition of its very successful "Dog Days of Summer" event, planned for Friday, Aug. 16 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Downtown Ephrata will be hopping with pooches – many dressed specially for the event – throughout a fun-filled evening.

The heART of Friendship ART Gallery, previously co-hosted the popular event and the Merchants have seen it grow each year. With the gallery getting ready to leave downtown, a new co-host was sought to assist with Dog Days and The Ephrata Review decided to get involved.

Due to the tremendous response it had received to its "All About Pets" feature back in March, The Review floated out the idea of inviting all pets to join in the fun that evening. And while the main event dog parade will be limited to just the canines, guests are invited to bring their other properly-secured pets to downtown that night, and be eligible for additional prizes, including most unusual pet and best costume.

The Review will also be partnering with "A Tail To Tell Puppy Mill Rescue," organization that evening, as well as "A Reflection By Sherry." Sherry McCamant will be available for professional pet photographs in the newspaper’s lobby, with proceeds from those, as well as Review subscriptions, going to "A Tail To Tell."

Professional artist Nick Kienzle of Manheim, who has worked with artist Sam Mylin in the past, will be on hand that evening as well. For a nominal fee, you can have the opportunity to purchase a hand-drawn portrait of your pet.

Some Ephrata Merchants will be open for business for the evening, so look for special "dog friendly" signs in their windows. Local dog groomers, trainers and rescue organizations are expected to be on-hand as well. There will also be various food vendors, face painting and kids’ games available throughout the evening.

The big dog parade is set to start at 7 p.m. in the "barking" lot of The Ephrata Review. You do not need to pre-register your dog for the parade or costume contest, however, a $5 registration fee to help supplement event costs is requested. Dog costume prizes will be awarded for various categories: cutest, funniest and most original.

Popular DJ Jeff Adams will be on hand to spin tunes during the evening, including several certain to perk up the ears of our best friends.

Dog Days is appropriate for the whole family and will be held rain or shine throughout the downtown area.

More DOG DAYS, page A16

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