Deer Park’s third annual pet parade was held on Saturday, June 22nd. The idea was brought to Deer Park by Kiwanis club member Jane Smith. It originated from the Olympia area where Smith was raised, and where the event has been celebrated for over 90 years . The theme of this year’s parade was Super Heroes. There were 5 entry categories: large dogs, small dogs, cats, miscellaneous pets (horses, cows, pigs, gerbils, snakes, etc), and wheeled only.
The route started at Arcadia Elementary and ended at Swinyard Park where ribbon judging events took place. Prizes were awarded for most creative, most colorful pet/owner look, and the entry that best meets the theme. The Miss Deer Park Royalty also made an appearance as Princesses Brooke Begani and Kristina Shupe led the way.
As judges for the ribbon events were Deer Park High School FFA members Sydney Brecker, Dustin Feldner, Brittany House, Ethan Earley, Ryan Porter, and Gannon Cotter. Before the judging, there was an outstanding dog training demonstration by Penny Morris.
Deer Park Kiwanis would like to say thank you to all the sponsors who helped make this parade the biggest so far, nearly doubling the size of last year’s: Deer Park Veterinary Clinic, ACE hardware, “Ruff-N-It” Doggy Day Camp, Edward Jones, Grrs “N” Purrs Grooming, and the Country Store. Also a big thanks to the supporters who came to cheer on and appreciate Deer Park’s creativity and participation. This year was definitely not one to forget!