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.

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