“Beauty & the Leash” Pageant Sept. 14 in Somers Point

Shore Medical Center in Somers Point

There will be a talent and beauty contest in South Jersey this September. Competition may be ruff-ruff.

Somers Point-Community First announced that it will present “Beauty & the Leash,” a talent and beauty contest for dogs, on Saturday, Sept. 14, starting at 10 a.m. The pageant will take place on the lawn in front of Shore Medical Center along Bay Avenue.

“The Beauty & the Leash pageant will be a great community event, and a wonderful opportunity to thank and honor the pet therapy dogs who volunteer to help the patients at Shore Medical Center,” said Brian Cahill, one of the founding members of Somers Point-Community First.

Beauty & The Leash will begin with a “Show Us Your Paws” parade along Bay Avenue led by “R Dog” of Republic Bank in Somers Point.

At the conclusion of the parade, there will be a ceremony to honor the pet therapy dogs, followed by the talent and beauty contest.

Dogs can be entered in the following categories: Owner Look-Alike; Talent; Beauty – small dog; Beauty – large dog.

Winners will be awarded a trophy and celebratory biscuit.

Representatives from Beacon Animal Rescue of Cape May and Atlantic Counties will also be at the event. Registration begins Aug. 1.

Follow Somers Point-Community First on Facebook for details and registration information. Beauty & The Leash debuted on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City in 2013.

Somers Point-Community First is a volunteer group that serves as a voice of the Somers Point community and is involved in local projects to promote the betterment of the city.

The group assists in offering organizations and businesses advice, expertise, community project partnerships and more, but does not provide financial support. It is comprised of people with expertise in community activism, economics, health care, education, entertainment, traditional and social media, insurance, management, marketing, entrepreneurship and more.

Each member lives or works in Somers Point.

The organization recently planted a Monarch Butterfly Garden, hosted a series of free self-defense classes for women, a community Christmas tree lighting and decorating event, donated an Osprey nest stand, and has taken an active role with the Somers Point Senior Center, Somers Point Little League, the Somers Point Garden Club, and more.

In 2017, Somers Point-Community First also helped bring to the town a weekly Farmers Market and Craft Fair and Patriotic Flag Salute ceremony. Anyone who is interested in having their organization considered for assistance may call Fran Kaplan at 609-653-3299.