Pottstown Pet Fair draws crowd

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POTTSTOWN » It was a pet par­adise Sept. 15 in Pottstown as guests filled Me­mo­rial Park for the 8th An­nual Pottstown Pet Fair.

The Pottstown Pet Fair fea­tured 72 ven­dors this year in­clud­ing pet re­lated prod­ucts like Brews­cuits, sev­eral area res­cues and other ven­dors sell­ing their wares. Ev­ery­thing from dogs to bearded dragons could be seen in the park as cars filed into the Me­mo­rial Park for the an­nual event.

“It’s hard to find a place you can bring fer­rets to but be­cause it said pet we just as­sumed we could bring them and it would be fun to have them walk around out­side. It’s a nice day it’s not too warm or too cold,” said Danielle Reiff of Down­ing­town, who brought her pet fer­ret, Rocky. “It seems re­ally cool. Every­one that I’ve talked to has been re­ally kind.”

This year’s pet fair was ded­i­cated to Bill Sharon, a life­long Pottstown res­i­dent and founder of the Pottstown Pet Fair who passed away last month.

In ad­di­tion to the many ven­dors, the event fea­tured sev­eral raf­fle bas­kets and art auc­tions, the pro­ceeds from which will go to­ward a me­mo­rial area for Sharon that will over­look where the pet fair takes place each year.

“It breaks me down and blows me away at the same time be­cause it’s the big­gest it’s ever been and Bill’s not here,” said Karen Le­wandowski, co-founder of the Pet Fair. “I’ve cried all day. They aren’t sad tears. They’re sad for me be­cause I don’t have him any­more and these peo­ple don’t have him any­more and these an­i­mals don’t.

But if you look at what he cre­ated, that makes you happy.”

And there were plenty of happy faces to go around.

Guests shuf­fled around the park with their pets brows­ing ev­ery­thing from hand­made leashes to pro­fes­sional pet por­traits. Guests could also stop by a ta­ble to get their an­i­mals blessed or take a look at one of the many shel­ters that were there look­ing to find homes for their an­i­mals.

“This mis­sion will go on,” said Le­wandowski about the size and suc­cess of the pet fair. “Bill cre­ated some­thing so big and so neat and every­body says this will go on some­how.”

Le­wandowski said next year the pet fair will be han­dled by Pottstown Bor­ough’s Parks and Recre­ation Depart­ment.

“I’m out. It’s too emo­tional for me. I’ll help them in some way in the back of­fice but my mis­sion’s over along with Bill’s,” said Le­wandowski.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

The Pet Fair at Me­mo­rial Park in Pottstown was a reg­u­lar puppy pa­rade as guests from all over brought their furry com­pan­ions to en­joy the day out­doors.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Guest Danielle Reif shows off her pet fer­ret Rocky. Vis­i­tors to the Pottstown Pet Fair were en­cour­aged to bring along their pets to en­joy a day out­side with a va­ri­ety of ven­dors.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Sev­eral items were be­ing auc­tioned off at the Pet Fair in Pottstown. The money raised went to­ward cre­at­ing a me­mo­rial for Bill Sharon, a founder of the Pet Fair, who died in Au­gust.

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pets took over Pottstown dur­ing the an­nual Pet Fair.

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