By Christie Spurlock
WHEATLAND, CA (MPG) – The 91st annual Wheatland Pet Parade is coming up on Saturday, May 16th! Every third Saturday in May, people bring their pets out to Wheatland to strut their stuff. All types of pets are welcome, from the obvious—cats and dogs—to the less obvious, such as goldfish, goats, cows, lizards, and rabbits.
Every participant in the parade receives some type of award or certificate. A local resident, Mr. Pfaff, donates candy every year so that kids can receive free goody bags. Pets receive free treats and water, and the Wheatland Fire and Police Departments both have booths where they give away balloons and temporary tattoos. Last year, pet first aid kits were purchased and donated to the Fire Department.
Lions Club District Governor Larry Marcum will be attending the parade with his guide dog Brinkley. All proceeds from the Pet Parade benefit local pet organizations, such as ResQPaws and Fieldhaven Cat Rescue. The parade is not limited to Wheatland residents; it’s open to people from surrounding areas as well.
The parade was started in the 1920s by a Bear River Elementary School teacher as a way to get her students involved in the community. From there, it continued to be a popular way to get the community together to have fun. The pet parade’s mission is to “show homage, affection, and to honor our pets.”
Pre-register for the parade by May 14th. Parade starts on May 16th at 9:30 a.m., off Main Street across from the Little Red School House, with judging from 9:00 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.
Source: Becky Pendergraph