Somers Point to Host Dog Parade and Pageant

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Doggies will strut their stuff in a pageant especially for pooches.

The Somers Point Business Association and Somers Point-Community First will present their Community Day celebration from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 18, along Bay Avenue, across from Harbor Cove.

The event features the return of the “Beauty and the Leash” pageant and “Show Us Your Paws” parade.

Community Day will open with the Show Us Your Paws parade, led by R Dog of Republic Bank, and is followed by the Beauty and the Leash pageant.

The parade is open to all dogs in attendance, and pageant contestants can enter one of two categories – talent or costume/look like owner. The winner in each category will be awarded a gift certificate to The Grilled Cheese and Crabcake Company.

Local businesses will connect with the community by handing out coupons, menus, samples and discuss potential job opportunities. Representatives from Sturdy Bank will make balloon animals for children in attendance.

“This event brings all of the great things about living and working in Somers Point together,” said Mike Smith, vice president of Somers Point Business Association and a founding member of Somers Point-Community First. “The turnout for the pageant in 2019 was unbelievable, and we expect another great response.”

There is no RSVP required to enter the pageant. Businesses interested in attending should contact Mike Smith at michael.smith@shoremedicalcenter.org by Sept 16. There is no fee to participate.

In addition to the contests, the volunteer dogs of Shore Medical Center’s pet therapy program will be honored. This event will also raise awareness for local dogs that are in need of adoption.