The 1st Annual Poodles on Parade event raised over $7,000 for the RB Spirit of the Fourth committee this year. The event was held at Webb Park, and it was followed by a Yappy Hour Friday night at the Courtyard by Marriott. “There were 37 vendor booths, 27 raffle items, and 78 poodles registered for the event,” said Robin Kaufman, event organizer and Spirit of the Fourth director. “We look forward to next year’s event, which will be even bigger.”

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Poodles on Parade included a petting zoo, a parade of poodles, and oodles of poodle contests – best costume, best trick, and best hairdo. There were police K-9 and dancing with dogs demonstrations. Vendors included dog-related items, jewelry, candles, artwork, and food. A pug rescue and pit bull rescue group were among the organizations taking part as well.

Learn more at www.spiritofthefourth.org/poodlesonparade.html.