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Pet parade kicks of Saxonburg VFD carnival

July 17, 2018 News Extra

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Giavonni Tascarella, 6, from Summit Twp as the Circus ring master with the bear Louie and Lion Missy during the Saxonburg VFD Carnival Annual Pet Parade in Saxonburg on Tuesday July 17, 2018.

SAXONBURG — With a neigh, a cluck and a bark the pet parade kicked off the borough fire department’s annual carnival Tesday.

Proud pet owners paraded more than 100 critters including horses, chickens, rabbits, cats, goats, ducks, skunks and a toad down Main Street for the procession that marks the beginning of the Saxonburg Volunteer Fire Departments’ annual carnival, which runs through Saturday.

“It’s been going on as long as I can remember,” said Brandon McCarthy, a borough firefighter who organizes the pet parade. “It kicks off the carnival. It gets family and friends together. Nothing beats that. “It’s always a great turnout.”

Prizes will be awarded for best of show and runner up, most original, most unusual, best groomed, prettiest, Biggest and smallest, he said.

“It’s really cool to see kids pull a cart with their pets in it,” McCarthy said. “And it’s decorated.”

Meet some of the pets that showed up to the parade in Wednesday's Butler Eagle.

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