The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


June 9, 2013

Pets put their best paws forward to aid Cambria fair

EBENSBURG — Newton, a Scottish terrier owned by Alice Stanton of Nanty Glo, won the grand champion title on Sunday during the second annual Pet Extravaganza, hosted by volunteers with the Cambria County Fair in Ebensburg.

The event, held at the fairgrounds, raised money for the services and programs that the agriculture building at the county fair will offer.

Newton, who was dressed as a peacock during the costume contest segment, was among 29 dogs, a rabbit and a guinea pig in the event.

Munch, a dog owned by Jim and Amber Mock of Altoona, won the best of show award.

About 60 spectators attended.

Michael Takacs, an Ebensburg veterinarian, donated his services at an information booth to give advice to pet owners.

Eight vendors also took part.

Joy Love of Johnstown took her two greyhounds, Coyote and Junior, to the event.

“It’s good socialization for them (pets),” she said. “I always walk them, but when you go to an event like this, they’re around other dogs and people.”

Zach Turner of the Pittsburgh area, who takes Zeus, a pit bull terrier, to the Ebensburg Animal Hospital, said he saw an advertisement for the event during his last trip to Ebensburg.

“It’s always good for the socialization of dogs to get them out around other dogs and people,” he said.

Nellie May of Lilly entered her dog, Siri, in the contest.

“It’s a nice local event,” she said. “We heard about it and wanted to check it out. We will definitely be back next year.”

Shelli Miller of Colver, who entered her dog, Yasha, said the event was interesting for the pets because they get the chance to interact with other pets.

Miller’s sister, Sheena, of Colver, also was at the event with her dog, Raiden.

Mia, a toy poodle owned by Emily Makin of Nanty Glo, won first place in the Snoopy says contest and second place in the sit and stay event.

“It was really nice,” Makin said about Mia winning.

The event was good for children because of getting to interact with dogs other than their own, she said.

“I think Mia enjoyed herself also,” she said.

Tom Chernisky, a Cambria County commissioner, took his dog, Rocky, to the event.

“Events like this are good for the area and the community,” he said.

Chernisky also pointed out the event’s benefit for the fair.

Julie Horowitz, a volunteer with the Cambria County Humane Society who manned an information table, said

the society was present to promote its work and to support the fair.

Mary Perez, assistant to the superintendent at the agriculture building, said many volunteers worked hard to hold the event.

Money raised will support the “ag” building’s fair queen program, crafts and other programs and services, she said.

“It was a fun-filled event," she said.

Angie Bertram, another volunteer from the “ag” building, said the event was great and that all the dogs were well-behaved.

“The (pet) owners were wonderful with whom to work,” she said.

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