It’s the 15th Paws in the Park event for ASPC, and as always, the fun day set aside for celebrating people and their pets is the place to be.
There’s no admission charge to attend and there’s no fee for the full slate of pet contests slated for the day, said Erica Grieve, director for the Pell City Area Chamber of Commerce, who is hosting the event.
The day gets started at noon and continues through 3 p. m. at Pell City’s Lakeside Park.
Registration for the pet contests will also begin at noon, and the contests will begin at 1 p.m.
Among the categories for your fabulous pets are an Owner-Pet Look-Alike, Best Trick, Most Unusual Looking, Best Costume, Prettiest Girl and Most Handsome Boy.
And, believe it or not, if you don’t have a costume handy, there will be about 100 outfits available to choose from, all courtesy of a very generous ASPC supporter while supplies last, Grieve said.
Judges who face the difficult task of determining the winners for the contests are Sylvia Martin, Terry and Beverly Templin, Nettie Bean and Don Travis.
Emcees for the occasion are Dana Ellison and Mike Aiello.
All animals are welcome, and past years have featured everything from llamas and ponies to turtles and dogs and cats.
All that’s necessary for being part of the fun is having a “people and family friendly animal” and having them secured on a leash or lead or in carriers as needed, Grieve said. Pets are not allowed to be let loose within the park property.
In addition to pet contests and taking in all the furry friends, Paws in the Park means lots of vendors bringing along their wares and a slate of food items to tempt everyone’s taste buds.
For those who plan to spend the day, you may bring along folding chairs or blankets. The event includes live entertainment from some of your favorite folks, including music from One Eyed Mary, demonstrations from Birmingham Obedience Training, a visit from “Johnny” an official police drug dog with a demonstration set for 12:30 p.m., a fire truck from the Pell City Fire Department and inflatables and jumping areas for youngsters.
Pet portraits will be available from Wallace Bromberg Photography, a booth from Aaron’s Sales & Lease, Classic Heaven and Carol Davenport will offer pet clothes and pet relative gifts.
There will also be a Team Magic- CX sign up tent, local art from The Council of the Arts, information from Ann’s New Life Center and plants and gifts for sale from the Pell City Garden Club.
The array of food from vendors includes Bo Jangles with their Cajun filet chicken sandwiches, iced tea, and sweet potato pies; along with selections from Mor’ Than Burgers including chili cheese fries, hotdogs, hamburgers, barbecue, funnel cakes, brownies, cookies, ice cream, popsicles, nachos, corndogs, coffee and hot cocoa.
At the ASPC pet adoption area, dog adoptions are discounted in honor of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and are $100 for the day.