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Dogs to dominate at Chestertown event

A canine competitor in a prior year’s Pug Party & Parade patiently waits to have its costume judged. This year’s edition of the fest is set for Sunday Oct. 16.

A canine competitor in a prior year’s Pug Party & Parade patiently waits to have its costume judged. This year’s edition of the fest is set for Sunday Oct. 16.

— Hundreds of people from across the northeastern U.S. are expected to participate in the 12th annual annual Halloween Pug Parade & Party set for this weekend in the Town of Chester.

In recent years, pugs — those wrinkly-browed, chubby, fun-loving dogs with curly tails — have become a popular October attraction in Chester.

This annual gathering of pugs in fanciful costumes, has attracted more than 150 pugs and their owners not only from the region, but from across New York and neighboring states as well.

The event apparently goes beyond momentary fun and winning prizes, as the pug owners establish a real camaraderie with each other and annually make new friends.

Participants and spectators will not only be witnesses to the colorful parade — complete with some miniature dog floats — but browse among wares from a variety of vendors, as well as food and beverages.

The parade and party are held on Dynamite Hill Recreation Area off state Rte. 8.

Registration is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and the parade begins at 1 p.m. Games for pugs are to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Costume contests and awards will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is free of charge for spectators and participants. Vendors will likely be set up through 3 p.m.

The events start off with a pumpkin carving contest. Entries should be brought to the Chester Municipal Center auditorium by 9 a.m.

A raffle drawing for an iPad 2 is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber building at Dynamite Hill.

For details or to register in advance, call 494-2722 or 696-7184 or e-mail the Chamber at: pugs@northwarren.com or see www.northwarren.com.

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