Let the dogs out! Calling all pets to downtown event this Friday night

By on August 14, 2013

It’s time to let the dogs out!

And all other pets as well.

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. Altogether, there will be 14 prizes awarded.

Pet photographs

And how about a free photo of you and your pet?

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."

With a new subscription or new gift subscription to The Ephrata Review or Lititz Record Express, $5 goes to "A Tail To Tell" and you get a free professional photo of you and your pet on the spot.

More than 20 pet vendors and other businesses will be set up throughout downtown Ephrata that night.

Some Ephrata Merchants will be open for business for the evening, so look for special "dog friendly" signs in their windows and lots of water bowls up and down the street as well. 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. (with line-up at 6:45) in the "barking" lot of The Ephrata Review. There is no cost to be in the parade or contests, however there will be registration table and donations are certainly appreciated. Dog costume prizes will be awarded for various categories: cutest, funniest and most original. There will also be a "best trick" contest as well.

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.

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