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May 18 is a day for pets in Silverton

The streets of Silverton will be awash in pets on Saturday, May 18, as the Kiwanis Club puts on the annual Pet Parade.

The event, which started in 1932, starts at 10 a.m. on Coolidge at Apple Street, turns right on Main Street, left on First Street and concludes at the new City Hall.

The event is free and registration is not required. Pet owners should begin lining up at 9:30 a.m., with small critters at the front and the big guys toward where Jerome Street dead-ends at Coolidge McClaine Park. Vehicles and horse trailers should enter on Fiske Street and parade vehicles should line up on Coolidge. Large animals should unload at the park and line up on Jerome.

After the Pet Parade concludes, the second annual Paws at the Park, organized by the Silverton Chamber of Commerce, gets underway at Coolidge McClaine. It will conclude at 4 p.m.

Paws in the Park, organizers say, “is a celebration of all things pets, designed to bring together pet owners, animal enthusiasts and local businesses in a fun and engaging atmosphere. The event will feature a wide range of activities and attractions for both pets and their human companions.”

New this year is a family carnival sponsored by Silverton Younglife. Offered will be carnival games, food, dancing, face painting, music and a magic show. Proceeds will help the organization send 95 kids to camp.

– James Day

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