Pet parents are invited to bring their dogs to Sykesville’s Dog Days of Springtime on the first Friday of April.
The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 on Main Street, and the proceeds will benefit the Friends of South Carroll Dog Park.
Fur babies and four-legged friends will have the opportunity to earn prizes by participating in contests — such as dog-owner resemblance, best trick and best costume — as well as compete for best in show.
“It’s really a community event sponsored by the Merchants of Sykesville’s Main Street for the community,” Katie Johnson, owner of Norwood Ice Cream and one of the event’s organizers, told the Times. “It’s to showcase our respective businesses, but really showcase the town as a whole, where Main Street merchants invite people to come to Main Street and spend [Friday] with us.”
First Fridays in Sykesville are scheduled for the first Friday of the month, when Merchants on Main Street will stay open later to offer wine and other refreshments.
The merchants will also offer dog-related products and invite dog-related organizations to join in on the fun April. And a local photographer from Century High School will be around to snap photos of winsome pets.
Friends of South Carroll Dog Park is a volunteer group that has been planning and fundraising to build a 2½-acre dog park on the property of the South Carroll Senior and Community Center since December 2016.
The plan for the dog park includes two phases: Phase 1, which is expected to cost $42,000, involves fencing the 2½-acre park area and paving a path to the park from the parking lot to allow for easy and safe access; Phase 2 will cost $12,000 to section off a small dog play area within the larger park.
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The Friends group has raised about $12,000 of that goal to date, according to Kathy Hillman, the group’s president.
“I think lot of people are very pro-dog,” Johnson said, “and very supportive of dog-related events. I think if we grouped our Merchants of Main Street with the Friends of South Carroll Dog Park, only good things can happen.”
The group meets monthly to plan effective fundraising efforts and uses Facebook page, Friends of South Carroll Dog Park, to communicate updates, events, photos and news about the project.
“We are now heavily in the midst of fundraising, hoping to complete these efforts and to build the park in 2020,” Hillman said.
“Now is the time to make a donation so that can happen,” she said.
Pre-registration is required, and tickets can be purchased online for $20 at www.sykesvillemainstreet.com/product/dog-days-of-springtime. Receipts will be checked at the registration table that evening, set up by Patapsco Distilling company and the Vine on Main Street.
The tax-deductible donation will go directly to the Friends of South Carroll Dog Park to help with the development of the park.