Smoky Mountain Pet Fair is howling success

Pets and their masters turned out in force recently at Pearson Springs Park for the 2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Pet Fair sponsored by the Blount County Humane Society.

Members said it was their best event ever as participants browsed vendor booths, ate good food and enjoyed music from several local acts.

Executive board member and no-kill animal shelter designer Todd White said attendance doubled from the Critter Fest held in the spring and that there were more vendors.

“The enthusiasm was amazing, and the weather was perfect,” he said.

White said there was a face-painting booth for children, a bloodhound demonstration and a search and rescue demonstration. “The giving and mood of the public was very good. We raised a lot of money and, more importantly, awareness of programs the Human Society is participating in, particularly the No Kill Animal Shelter, which is our big push,” he said.

White said the crowd enjoyed entertainment by Chris and Candy Kagay from Avenue C, Paul Beasley and Ted Thompson played from Moonshine Cherries and Phillip and Valerie Sharpe performed.

Brianna Gresham, 12, who attended the fair with her 4-H group, filed this report of the day:

The Blount County Humane Society held the 2nd Annual Smoky Mountain Pet Fair on Sept. 21 at Pearson Springs Park to raise money to build a no-kill shelter. My 4-H group, the Smoky Mountain Explorers, helped by picking up trash, walking dogs, disposing of dog poop and running carnival style games for the kids. The games included: Bean bag toss, Go Fish, Lucky Duck, Football Toss, and Giant Kitty Litter Box. There were ‘’bouncies’’ for the kids to jump on.

There were many other events at the pet fair. There were silly pet contests which included: cutest pet, best trick, best costume, loudest bark or howl, owner/pet look alike, fastest licker, and best rescue pet. They also had many other dog rescue groups and vendors including: people selling gourmet dog bones and costumes, an elephant sanctuary (they didn’t bring any elephants, of course!), and a rabbit and guinea pig rescue. Many people brought their pets. Some interesting ones I saw were a potbelly pig named Pork Chop and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in a pink baby stroller.

My favorite thing was seeing Lycan, a three-legged Yankee Terrier who is my favorite Blount County Humane Society rescue dog. He had previously been adopted and his owner brought him to the pet fair to see us again.

The Smoky Mountain Pet Fair was fun. Kade and Davis Parker, Niki and Andrew Perkins, Emily McIntyre and I got to help out a lot. If you want more information about the pet fair or want to know how you can help, visit

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