Pumpkins ’n’ Pooches Autumn Fair & Dog Fest comes to Colchester Town Green

By Merja H. Lehtinen - ReminderNews
Colchester - posted Mon., Oct. 7, 2013
It was a long day at the Pumpkins ’n’ Pooches Autumn Fair and Dog Fest, and Hunter the fox terrier was in front of Hayward Inn about to head home, when the lure of other dogs back on the Green won out. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.
It was a long day at the Pumpkins ’n’ Pooches Autumn Fair and Dog Fest, and Hunter the fox terrier was in front of Hayward Inn about to head home, when the lure of other dogs back on the Green won out. Photos by Merja H. Lehtinen.

Phoebe, 7, and Zander, 5, were delighted that their new puppy, Ziggy, and older dog, Mini, were making many new friends on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Colchester Lions Club’s 15th annual Pumpkins ’n’ Pooches Autumn Fair and Dog Fest.

Booths offering food, crafts, canine Frisbee demonstrations, fun dog contests, dog art and doggie day care were set up on the Colchester Town Green. The Cairn, Wheaton, Jack Russell and wire-haired fox terriers all seemed to know each other, even though they had never met before. Also represented at the fair were large Great Danes, golden doodles (a mix of a golden retriever and standard poodle), black and white Labrador retrievers, and tiny toy versions of just about every breed. There were friendly pit bulls and yappy police dogs.

The fair was a huge success despite the weather, as it was drizzling or threatening rain all day, but somehow everyone just moved around the tents and displays and made the most of the day.

Friends Michelle Miller and Rob McLaughlin decided to try out the Pumpkins ’n’ Pooches Fair with their dogs, Sophie the black Lab and Payton the golden retriever, pulling them along.

Mark Mcauliffe and his son Ryan had their dogs, Pickles the Jack Russell and Barney the golden doodle, along to support their wife and mom, who was manning a health department booth. The Mcauliffes attend every year and think it is a great way to meet old and new friends and meet their dogs, as well. “What a great way to use the green,” said Mark. “We have an active group of dog lovers in town [evidenced] by the vets, the dog park, and this event,” he said.


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