More than 150 people attended the 14th Annual Animal Faire and Tails on the Trail event Sunday at the Oakhurst Community Park. The event, a fundraiser for the Eastern Madera County SPCA, included many contests and activities sponsored by area businesses and residents. Funds raised will help build a no-kill animal shelter in Ahwahnee, which received a $1 lease a year Tuesday from the Madera County Board of Supervisors to help make it possible. Once the $1.5 million project is completed, yearly operating costs are slated at $125,000, making continual fundraising and local support vital, said Sharon Fitzgerald, EMC SPCA president. A conditional use permit is expected in November, Fitzgerald said.
Animal Faire contest winners
>Newspaper Fetch: 1st place, Maria Munio with Hershey; 2nd place, Alison Card with Cash; 3rd place, Nolan Fitzpatrick with Guiny.
>Best Wag: 1st place, Matt Cucchiasa with Dukes; 2nd place, Nan with Tucker; 3rd place Martha with Trumpet.
>Best Kiss: 1st place, Nickole Brannan with Lilly; 2nd place, Alison Carol with Cash; 3rd place, Carole Nelson with Roxie.
>All American Dog Show: 1st place, Rebecca with Blue Jean; 2nd place, Domineo with Diamond, 3rd place, Karen with Casanova.
>Best Costume: 1st place, Sylvia Kerbee with Katie-Elen; 2nd place, Hunter with Skidder; 3rd place, Krista Kenyon with Anna-Nibbs.
>Best Trick: 1st place, Krista Kenyon with Anna; 2nd place, Kathy Creighton with Molly; 3rd place, Don Brannan with Dutches.
>The Yolks On You: 1st place, Hunter with A Hote; 2nd place, Caroline Hetcher with Girlie; 3rd place John Houlihan with Zoey.
Animal Faire sponsors
>Whiskers & Paws
>Newspaper Fetch Sierra Star
>Best Wag Bob & Pat Ritchey
>Best Kiss Mysham For The Love of Dogs Training
>Blessing of the Animals Father Gordon Kamai of Christ Church
>All-American Dog Show Linda Chappell in memory of Jerry Chappell
>Best Costume Western Sierra Nursery
>Best Trick Marilyn Rigg, State Farm
>The Yolks on You Oakhurst Feed
>Blessing of the Animals Father Gordon Kamai, Christ Church
>Microchipping Discounted by EMC SPCA and done courtesy of Dr. Pludow, Coarsegold Veterinary Hospital
>Master of Ceremonies Tom Wheeler, District 5 Madera County Supervisor
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