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Friday, 20 October 2017 11:52

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ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times



Many pet owners enjoy also dressing up their pets in costumes, and Halloween afternoon will provide those pet owners the opportunity to show off their creations and ideas thanks to the Liberal Noon Kiwanis Club’s Pet and Spook Parade. 

“It’s a fun time for the children. One of the ideas behind the Pet and Spook Parade is they can bring their pets,” Liberal Noon Kiwanis Club President Dora Davis said. “Of course, we don’t encourage people bringing really aggressive dogs or anything like that, but we do have several who bring their dogs and dress them up in costumes, which makes it fun. We’ve gotten really good donations this year too, so we may also be giving out like fruit snacks or fresh fruit. In the past, we’ve gotten donations of pumpkins and we’ve given every child a pumpkin. The marching bands from some of the schools will come and lead the parade, which is awesome.”

This year’s parade will be Tuesday, Oct. 31. Lineup will be at 4 p.m. and then the parade itself will start at 4:15 p.m. The parade participants will line up on Trail Street and then parade down to 5th Street and over to Tobias Park, which is where Kiwanis members will hand out goodie bags – this year, Davis said, will see approximately 250 goodie bags given out. 

“It’s a great tradition,” Davis said. “I have a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old who participate every year, they love to dress up and walk down the street, and getting together with all the community is great too.”

Davis added there is an extensive list of sponsors and donors who helped make this year’s event possible, including Conestoga, Technology for All, Southwest Family Medicine, Jeff Weeast – Edward Jones, Southern Office Supply, Southwest Glass and Door, American Title and Abstract Specialists, Lynn’s Total Comfort, Heritage Real Estate, Keating Tractor and Equipment, First National Bank, Kost Truck Supply, Staats Jewelers, and Blake Ward, Brianna Saldana and Joyclin Wilson from Mark of Beauty Salon. 

“We’ve had so many donations this year so the community’s really supporting it, which is great since this has been such a tradition for Liberal.,” Davis said. “It’s great to see the business owners come out and take a look and enjoy the parade during the day that’s child-oriented. That’s part of our theme with Kiwanis is helping one child in one community at a time, so we really revolve our activities around children.”

And while everything will be supervised, Davis said there are not really any rules. 

“We really don’t have any rules save for the no aggressive dogs like I mentioned earlier. We’ve had people go all out with big, elaborate costumes they’ve come up with, and we’ve had people who have done more basic costumes, it’s all great,” Davis said. “At the beginning of the parade, we will have to have all the participants take a coupon so it will be easier for us to tell who was actually in the parade so they can get their goodie bag versus someone who happens to have a pet who was in the same area. There’s no sign-up, they just need to show up and then take their coupon.”

Overall, Davis said, the Kiwanis members are excited for this year’s parade. 

“The most important thing is I want to say thank you to our sponsors for supporting all of our activities,” Davis said. “The Kiwanis is involved in a lot of things in the community, so we’re really excited for all the support we’ve gotten for this and everything else.” 

 

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