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Canine Carnival set for Sept. 30 Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market

(Photo courtesy Alton Main Street)


Bring your furry friends to the Canine Carnival at the Alton Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market from 8 a.m. until 12 noon on Saturday, Sept. 30 for a morning full of fun just for them.

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. Plus, you can learn about many local animal welfare charities and services for your pets. Rescue agencies will be holding an adopt-a-thon, so if you are looking for a new best friend, come meet some loveable dogs who need a good home.

Features of the event include a Pet Parade at 10 a.m., and a costume contest which will be voted on via social media. Bring your dog dressed to impress, because the winner of the costume contest will receive a $20 gift certificate to Petco.

There will be face painting, 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 on local veterinarians, therapy dogs and more. You can even get prepared for your holiday cards early by having your dog pose for a photo with Santa.

In partnership with the Madison County Humane Society and Madison County Triad, there will also be a hosted drive-through Vaccine & Microchip Clinic, with free vaccines while supplies last. Rabies—free, Canine DAPPv—free, Feline HCP—free, 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 are welcome that are well-behaved in crowds only. The Market is held in the parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Blvd. and Henry Street in Downtown Alton and runs every Saturday morning through Oct. 21.

For more info, visit or contact Sara McGibany, Alton Main Street executive director, at


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