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Des Plaines kids and pets are gearing up for the third annual POOCH, PET AND PEDAL PARADE, Saturday, September 6, 2003 at Prairie Lakes Community Center (at the south end of the park near the Mountain View Mine Adventure Golf Course, 510 E. Algonquin Rd.). Sponsored by the Special Events Commission, registration for the event, coordinated by Special Events Commissioners Carol Shannon and Penny Wenstrom., will begin at 8:00 am. It’s free and kids of all ages are invited to attend.

Ribbons will be awarded for the following:

Pet Categories: Best Dressed, Fanciest, Biggest, Smallest, Best Pet/Owner Look Alike, Best Tail Wagger, and Most Unique Pet.

Non-Pet Categories: Best Helmet, Best Decorated Bike, Best Decorated Non-Bike (Scooter, Wagons, etc), Most Unique Human Propelled Entry and Best Wheels.

Some of the judges include City Clerk Donna McAllister, State Representative 57th District Elaine Nekritz,, State Senator 29th District Susan Garrett, State Representative 65th District Rosemary Mulligan, Aldermen Dick Sayad, Alderman Tom Christiansen, and Rosemary Argus. Des Plaines Mayor Tony Arredia will lead the parade that will get underway as one of man’s (and woman’s) best friend (Yes, a dog, that is) jumps through a hoop marking the onset of the parade!

Co-sponsored by the Des Plaines Park District in conjunction with their Family Fun Festival that same day, staging for the event will be in the parking lot adjacent to Mountain View Mine. Parking will be in Juno Lighting Parking Lot.

Children must be accompanied by an adult and minors will not be able to sign a waiver forms. All dogs and pets must be in good health, be at least 6 months old and display appropriate licenses and immunization tags to participate. Dogs must be on leashes no longer than 6 feet, one dog per person.

All other pets must be appropriately restrained. Parade participants and/or owners are responsible for containment of their pets. Owners are responsible for cleaning up and pet waste on the premises of Prairie Lakes and/or the Juno Parking Lot. Plastic bags and trash receptacles will be provided for this purpose. Pets should be removed from Prairie Lakes by 10:30 am.

All kinds of fun things are planned Alex Brooks of Alex Brooks School of Dog Training will be answering questions regarding dog behavior and sharing training tips at the "Ask the Trainer Booth" throughout the morning. Rand Park Dog Training will be performing an Agility Demonstration immediately following the Awards.

Goodie bags will be given to everyone! Sponsors of the event include Wright Animal Hospital; Northwest Animal Hospital PC; Diane’s Dog Grooming; Alex Brooks School of Dog Training; Rand Park Dog Training Club; Juno Lighting; Evolutions Marketing Group Inc.; Pet Supplies Plus; Prospect Bikes and Trains; and Northwest Pet Services.

Assisting Carol Shannon and Penny Wenstrom are Special Events Commissioners Linda Forman, Edie Behnke, Richard Prochenski, Heather Wallace, Jim Wozny and Tim Vana.

Registration forms are distributed in the fall edition of the Des Plaines Park District’s Spectrum publications. Additional copies are available at City Hall, 1420 Miner St., the Library, 1501 Ellinwood St., the Historical Society, 789 Pearson St., and the Des Plaines Park District, 2222 Birch St.

"We’re excited about this year’s Pooch, Pet and Pedal Parade and we’re encouraging all our community’s young people to come out and bring their pets. Of course, it’s fun for adults, too…and afterwards everyone can attend the Des Plaines Park District’s Family Fun Festival on the grounds at Prairie Lakes Park," Special Events Commissioner Carol Shannon said.

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Author Notes:

Mark Harris contributes and publishes news editorial to http://www.the-scooters-report.com.  Find all kinds of mopeds, electric, gas and motorized scooters online plus parts and accessories.

 
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