North East costume contest goes to the dogs
— A weather-related rescheduling diminished the number of competitors at Saturday’sday’s Main Street Mutt Masquerade, but organizers and participants kept spirits cheery anyway.
With costumed dogs wasn’t so hard to do.
The second annual Mutt Masquerade had originally been scheduled for Oct. 8, but due to an abundance of caution about how and when Hurricane Matthew would make landfall, it was pushed back to this weekend. Because of that, only five dogs showed up in costume.
Last year, according to several people, between 50 and 100 people came out with their dogs.
Elizabeth Felts, owner of West Street Village, where the contest is held, first had the idea for it in spring 2015. She’d noticed other county towns hosting events in the second Saturday of October and wanted to all around, that match them.
“We just wanted another event to bring people out to North East,” Felts said.
The Main Street Masquerade is entirely free for spectators and competitors, and winners walk away with goodie bags. Everyone walked away with something Saturday.
In the “Prettiest” category, Pebbles (who arrived wearing knitted Halloween-themed garb that matched her owner Kate Slonecker) tied Lilee (who went as an uptown girl in black and white clothes).
In the “Funniest” category, Sammy (dressed as a “Despicable Me” minion, along with her owner Tiffany Royer, who came in a Gru mask) tied Sydney (a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle matching with owner Jenny Chesney).
Debbie Craig and her dog Brina, a walking Chia pet for the day, won “Most Original” for the second straight year. Judge Rob Laird’s dog Max won the award for “Scariest,” even though he didn’t come in costume — he was the biggest, most muscular dog there.
Jenny Chesney and her dog Sydney join hands during their runway walk through West Street Village for the Main Street Mutt Masquerade in North East.