Any pet that can tolerate both a leash and a costume can compete in the Howl-O-Ween pet parade and costume contest this Saturday at the Farmers’ Market on Broadway.
The proceedings will start at 9:30 a.m. October 28. Ardmore Main Street Authority administrative assistant Labeth Nall said this is the first pet costume contest the market has held.
“Tammy Byers and I have been talking all summer and into fall about new things we could add to the Farmers’ Market (on Broadway) that could be fun,” Nall said. “I’m a foster dog mom myself. I take them in quite often and holding an event like this just seemed like the natural thing to do.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the north end of the building and the contest will begin at 9:30. There will be a $25 prize awarded to the Most Creative, Funniest, Best Owner and Pet Duo, Best Overall and People’s Choice.
To enter, competitors need to bring a donation for the Ardmore Animal Shelter. Cash, puppy food, wet and dry dog and cat food, treats, kitty litter, toys, towels, blankets, laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, bleach and paper towels are all acceptable donations.
During the parade and contest, the pets need to be kept on a leash at all times.
“Any costume they come up with should not be harmful to the animal, of course,” Nall said. “We want them to have a good time, too.”
Over the summer, the market held similar just-for-fun events. But as the weather cools down the market winds down, and will likely stop for the year in a couple of weeks, making this the last event they’re likely to hold.
For any questions about the contest, call 580-226-6246.