Harding Fall Dog Festival
Based on last year’s great response and apparent success, we have been asked to do it again! Same fun events and activities, but we’ve moved the date to October since September is always such a busy month, and October is a bit cooler. If you attended last year, tell your friends and mark your calendar – October 8th. If you missed last year, don’t miss out again. LOOK for the posters and registration forms at the Library, in the Thumbnail, and elsewhere about town. Early registration helps up plan for the best result, but sign in on event day will be available too. Here is what you can expect:
Beginning at 12:30, the very first event will be the Costume Party. This is planned first so that your dog (and possibly you) can be dressed-up at the beginning and spend the rest of the day thereafter in more comfortable attire. We will assemble in the center ring where ribbons will be awarded to the various costume categories – cutest, funniest, nostalgia, contemporary, & so forth, including “looks like owner” – which may not require a costume at all! Take advantage of photo opportunities to memorialize this activity. The activities continue in the show rings with many surprises.
For those without a dog, or those seeking to grow their family, a pet adoption center provided by St. Hubert will surely attract attention. Morris Animal Inn will have a Photographic Studio for those who would like a quality photo of their pet for display.
And then there will be games for young and older (both us and our dogs!) for example –Musical Mutts where elimination proceeds until only one of you is sitting in the chair with your dog sitting next to you.
Good Behavior, Obedience, and simple Agility competitions will be ongoing attractions, but the “competition” will be against a criterion, not against the other contestants. Certificates are awarded according to categories: If your dog is able to do each item in the event correctly, Outstanding is awarded; if there are only one or two faults, Very Good is given; and for those who really try hard and finish the course, Good Effort is granted.
These are but a sampling of the activities you will find at the show. There will be things to see and do – a boutique of neat items for dog and person, a look at a “mobile veterinary wagon”, and the opportunity to “ask the trainer” regarding your dog’s behavior.
If all this makes you hungry, our own Village Deli will be offering their usual tasty fare. Although you won’t see “hot dogs” on the menu, you might find a bratwurst on a bun. There will also be a healthy selection of vegetarian items to choose from.
So fill out the form and plan on attending this premier community event held at the very place of the world-famous dog shows of the 1900s. Proceeds go to help out local animal shelters.
Back by Popular Demand: Harding Fall Dog Festival
Based on last year’s great response and apparent success, we have been asked to do it again! Same fun events and activities, but we’ve moved the date to October since September is always such a busy month, and October is a bit cooler. If you attended last year, tell your friends and mark your calendar – October 8th. So you don’t miss out again! LOOK for posters and registration forms at the Library, in this Thumbnail, and elsewhere about town. Early registration helps us plan for the best results, but sign-in on event day will be available too. Hope to see you there! More information about the events detail & registration are on our website: www.HardingCivic.org.
2016 HARDING DOG FESTIVAL
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016
NON-‐REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION PER FAMILY $20
NO DOG BUT WILL ATTEND ___________________
CONTACT ME TO VOLUNTEER _________________
HT DOG LICENSE #______________ for dogs seven months and older
HT DOG LICENSE #______________
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DOG’S BEHAVIOR
I(we), the registrant(s), do hereby waive the responsibility of my dog to the Harding Dog Festival, The Township of Harding and/or sponsors for any damages or loss of my animal that may occur at this event.
2016 HARDING DOG FESTIVAL
POLO GROUNDS 9 HARTLEY FARMS ROAD
SITE OF WORLD’S LARGEST ONE-DAY DOG SHOW
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016
RAIN DATE, OCTOBER 9TH
PRESENTED BY HARDING TOWNSHIP CIVIC ASSOCIATION
FUN FOR ALL. NO DOG NECESSARY.
12PM SIGN IN 12:30 EVENTS BEGIN
3:30 EVENTS CONCLUDE
DISPLAYS & DEM0NSTRATIONS
EVENTS FOR YOUR DOG & YOU
WITH THANKS TO NIC PLATT FOR ALLOWING USE OF HISTORIC
HARDING TREES PROJECT
The Harding Trees Project is a new initiative with the objective of bringing
about a substantial increase in the number of trees in the township. The
mission of the project is to protect and foster the rural image of Harding
Township through an abundance of trees.
The project is to consist of two phases and is to be financed through
Phase I will be to replace trees lost due to adverse weather conditions,
such as hurricanes, or through infestations by insects or fungi. In this
context, special attention will have to be placed on our efforts to control
the anticipated problem of the Emerald Ash Bore (EAB), a separate
Phase II will be to increase the number of trees in the township.
The number of trees lost is estimated at 700, which will have to be
confirmed by an audit. They will have to be replaced with mature trees,
over a period of 5 years, at a cost of $100 per tree, or $70,000. An attempt
will be made, with a local nursery, to conclude a long term supply contract
covering the project.
The project obviously is in its start-up phase and much work needs to be
done to get it rolling. At this moment a committee is being established. It
will have its first meeting in the first half of January, 2016. Residents
interested in joining the project, may wish to call Karl Meister at (973) 605