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Canine Carnival at Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market set for Sept. 24

The public is invited to bring their furry friends to the Canine Carnival at the Alton Farmer’s & Artisans’ Market from 8 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, Sept. 24 for a morning full of fun.

At this free event, organized by Alton Main Street and Hope Animal Rescues, there will be many activities to enjoy and pet-related vendor booths to browse. There will also be opportunities to learn about many local animal welfare charities and services for your pets.

Features of the event include a Pet Parade at 10 a.m. and a Costume Contest at 10:30 a.m. The winner of the costume contest will receive a $20 gift certificate to Petco.

Rescue agencies will be holding an adopt-a-thon. There will be face paintings, balloon animals, and activities for pets and families. Vendors will be selling pet-related products such as handmade dog treats, toys, bandanas, clothing, collars, bow ties, and pet portraits. Information will be available for services such as pet grooming and more.

In partnership with the Madison County Humane Society and Madison County Triad, a drive-through vaccine and microchip clinic will also be held on-site, with free vaccines while supplies last.

Free vaccines offered for Rabies, Canine DAPPv, and Feline HCP; Bordatellla $10; Microchip $20. The Madison County registration fee for rabies is $15 for spayed/neutered pets or $35 for non-spayed/neutered pets. Cash or check only, walk-ins only.

Information will be provided on the three-acre Alton Dog Park located at Russell Commons Park; annual fees are $25 for Alton residents or $35 for non-residents.

Water and shade sources and plenty of grass will be available to keep pets comfortable. Leashed pets that are well-behaved in crowds only, please.

The Market is held in the parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Blvd. and Henry Street in Alton near Argosy Casino and runs every Saturday morning through Oct. 15.

For more info, please contact Sara McGibany, Alton Main Street executive director, at (618) 463-1016, sara@altonmainstreet.org.

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