ALTON — Pet owners are invited to bring their furry friends to the Canine Carnival at the Alton Farmers & Artisans Market from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 10.
At this free event organized by Alton Main Street and SNIP Alliance, there will be many activities to enjoy and pet-related vendor booths to browse. Participants also can learn about animal welfare charities and pet-related services.
Features of the event include a pet parade at 10 a.m. The grand marshal of the parade is Peanut B. Schuyler, a rescue dog who recently celebrated his 20th birthday. Bring your dog dressed to impress because there will be a costume contest at 10:30 a.m. and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Petco.
The 5A’s animal shelter will present an adoption event on site, so if you are looking for a new best friend come down and meet lovable dogs who need a good home. Attendees can learn about low-cost spay and neuter clinics at the SNIP Alliance booth, which are effective ways to control the stray population.
Reese Photography will provide a fun doggy photo booth where you can take pictures with your pet free of charge. Party on Broadway will be there with a free face-painting booth to transform children into puppies.
There will be many therapy dogs in attendance. Furry Friends Recovery will bring a therapy dog along with information on their organization that takes therapy dogs on all kinds of visits. Got Your Six Support Dogs will also be there to share information about their mission to provide specialized service dogs to veterans and first responders suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. You can also meet Bentley the therapy dog from the CHAMP Assistance Dogs.
Vendors will sell handmade dog treats, toys, bandanas, pet magnets and pet pads. Local artist Loretta Williams will show examples of her affordable oil paintings of pets that she creates from photos.
The Alton Park and Recreation Department will have information on the 3-acre Alton Dog Park at Russell Commons Park. You can register on-site, fees are $25 annually for Alton residents, or $35 annually for non-residents. Please note registration fees must be paid with cash, and you must bring paperwork from your veterinarian showing that your pet’s vaccinations are current.
A video of the event will be filmed, so make sure to wave at the drone camera from Southwestern UAV Aerial Photography during the parade, and check Facebook after the event to find your family: facebook.com/AltonFarmersMarket.
Do a good deed that day by bringing along a donation for the Riverbend Pet Food Pantry. Anyone who brings a can of dog or cat food to the carnival will receive a free gift from Donate4Paws. The Riverbend Pet Food Pantry opened in May 2016 and provides complimentary pet food to families facing unexpected loss of income. If you are in need of pet food assistance, visit facebook.com/groups/riverbendpetfoodpantry to find an application and requirements for assistance. They accept donations of cash, dry food, canned food, treats, litter, toys, collars and leashes. Info can also be found on their Facebook page regarding volunteering to help bag or distribute food.
Water, shade sources and plenty of grass will be available to keep pets comfortable. Organizers ask guests to bring leashed pets who are well-behaved in crowds only. The market is in the parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street and runs through Oct. 15 on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings.
For information, contact Alton Main Street Executive Director Sara McGibany at (618) 463-1016 or email@example.com; or S.N.I.P. Alliance Board Member Stephanie Schrage at firstname.lastname@example.org.