pet parade

The 1910 pet parade included the Schaller Bakery entry.

OKANOGAN – Okanogan Harvest Fest is planned Oct. 2 and features a pet parade, street fair, car show, pig roast and more.

The event marks the 111th anniversary of the city’s first pet parade in 1910.

Frontier photographer Frank S. Matsura documented the first one with an image of the Schaller Bakery entry featuring a dog-drawn wagon with children dressed in baker’s clothing, noted Doug Woodrow, one of the organizers.

“The Okanogan Chamber of Commerce is inviting you to decorate your dog, donkey, pony or goat; tow a whimsical wagon or push a yard cart-busting pumpkin,” he said. “Kids pulling pets, pets pulling kids, even your favorite stuffed animal on a float. Put crepe paper in the spokes of your bike alongside the clothes pins holding the playing cards to create that classic motorcycle sound.”

Stilt walkers, basketball bouncers, soccer teams, football teams, service clubs and businesses all are invited, and people can test drive their Halloween costumes, he said.

Lineup will be at 10:30 a.m. beside The Bike Shop at the corner of South Second Avenue and Queen Street.

The street fair, which includes the Okanogan Valley Farmers Market, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Second Avenue.

Live music starts at 9 a.m.; performers include Liberty Linklater, and Pepsi Bob and his pH Factor Band. The Dawg House restaurant will offer music later to help celebrate its fifth anniversary.

Okanogan High School FFA will host a petting zoo and members of North Country Car Club, Tonasket, will show their vehicles downtown.

Activities at Okanogan Legion Airport include a fly-in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and visits with the Civil Air Patrol.

A pig roast, hosted by the chamber with support from Rawson’s Department Store and the Derting family, is planned at noon; a fee will be charged.

The chamber said a fun run also is in the works.

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