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Canines to rule during weekend's annual Pug Parade & Party

In many cases, these dogs are treated almost like children, she said, and their owners are as concerned for their pugs' comfort as they are for themselves. In response, area lodgings welcome the animals and make special accommodations for them.

Participants and spectators will not only be witnesses to the colorful parade, but a variety of events over the weekend including several social events, Chamber president Greg Beckler said. Also, there will be vendors of crafts, T-shirts and baked goods, as well as food and beverages. Raffle drawings are also planned for a set of Adirondack chairs and a kayak. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber building at Dynamite Hill, or at various sites during the weekend. The drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the conclusion of the parade. For details, call 494-2722 or 696-7184 or e-mail the Chamber at: pugs@northwarren.com or see www.northwarren.com.

The weekend's events start off Friday with a pumpkin carving, decoration and dessert contest. Entries should be brought to the Chester Municipal Center auditorium from noon to 4 p.m., and contest judging and award presentation is to occur at 5 p.m. Also on Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m., a Pug Rescue Benefit Ball is planned. The event, to benefit Green Mountain Pug Rescue, features music, a fashion show that features pugs and their owners, and desserts. Entrance donations are $10 per person.

On Saturday, a display of the winning entries from the contests will be on display from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the municipal auditorium. At 10 a.m., an race titled "Pumpkin Paddle: Silly Pumpkins" is to occur on the Mill Pond at Brant Lake. At noon, the "Mini-Paw Parade" is slated in a stroll down Main Street from the Pine St. intersection south to the municipal center. All pets are welcome. Canines are also invited to the 2 p.m. tour of Pottersville's Stone Bridge & Caves attraction, where all will be welcome with free admission. At 6 p.m. Saturday, local restaurants will be offering specials, Olden said, followed by the movie Hotel for Dogs to be screened at the Carol Theater. All seats are $2, and the proceeds will benefit the Pug Rescue mission. Those attending are urged to dress in warm attire.

On Sunday is the traditional Pug Party & Parade, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. at Dynamite Hill Recreation Area, and the parade with its judging officially beginning at 1 p.m. Amenities for spectators and participants include souvenir photos and an array of food concessions operated by local restaurants as well as the Chester-Horicon Youth Commission. Vendors will also offer crafts, jewelry and dog accessories. The weekend ends with a finale parade at 2 p.m.

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