Bethlehem’s Main Street is going to the dogs on Sunday October 21, 2012! We are proud to present Doggie Day in Bethlehem, for the fourth year! The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. and will again feature the “Mutt Strutt” Doggie Halloween Parade.

This year, Doggie Day is brought to us by Chaar. Chaar began in 2001 under the name Chaar Saddlery and selling only English horseback riding tack and apparel. In 2003 they added horse feed and western tack to our lineup to make a more convenient shopping experience for our customers. Now, they’ve moved to a bigger location and also sell apparel and pet supplies! They even have dog training classes and a dog bed that you can only get at their store. That’s right, Chaar is the only retailer in the United States that carries the Bowsers Orthopedic Bolster Dog Bed. This is the Rolls-Royce of dog beds, if you’re really looking to treat your pooch; it has furniture level upholstery, different types of cushioning, it’s easy to clean and lasts nearly forever!

Back to this year’s Doggie Day, Parade registration begins at 11am in the Sun Inn Courtyard behind the Historic Sun Inn. The Parade will begin at 12:30pm and there will be five judges to judge the nearly 200 dogs we expect to register for the parade. There is a ten dollar suggested registration fee which will be shared between Animals in Distress and the Center for Animal Health and Welfare. This center works to find homes for all animals and they never euthanize a dog for lack of space. Not only will you be supporting these great causes, but your registration comes with an awesome goodie bag and a raffle ticket to win even more prizes!

The doggies entered in the parade will be judged on four categories: Spirit of Bethlehem, Scariest Costume, Most Creative Costume, Dog and Owner Costume Look-Alike and the open category!

In addition to the parade, there will also be a marketplace of nearly 50 dog-related businesses that will have information, givewaways and more! A bar located on Main Street will be serving Mad Dog Brews too. We had more than 4,000 people last year and we’re expecting 5,000 this year!