The High Falls Civic Association presents its 30th annual High Falls Pet Show on Saturday, May 12, taking place in the parking lot of the High Falls Community Church on Second Street from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The judging competition and prize selection will begin at 11 a.m., presided over by husband-and-wife emcees Tina McKenna, a retired editor and actress, and Noble Shropshire, an actor. Competition judges for the 2018 event are Jay Blotcher and The Spy proprietors George and Brigitte Nagle. This year’s honoree is Pet Show co-founder Sue Paterson of Barking Dog Antiques.
Admission to the Pet Show is free. Pets of all sizes and shapes are welcome, from puppies to ferrets, from hawks to roosters. One single registration fee of $5 allows each pet to enter three competitions. First-, second- and third-place ribbons will be awarded in ten categories: Pet/Owner Look-Alike, Peewee-Size Pet, Jumbo-Size Pet, Whippersnapper (most youthful), All-American Mutt, Old Friend (senior pet), Most Unusual Pet and Happy Days Are Here Again (best pet-rescue story). Grand Prize ribbons are awarded to Mr. and Ms. High Falls, the animals whose personalities best reflect the spirit of this Ulster County hamlet. (Competition entry is not limited to High Fallonians.)
Following the final awarded ribbons, all humans – especially children – are invited to take part in a parade with their two-legged and four-legged companions. Local saxophonist Harvey Kaiser will serenade the paraders. The event will also feature vendors offering animal-related services and selling animal-related items. If it rains, this event will be rescheduled for Saturday, May 19. For more information, visit www.highfallscivic.org.