The Edmond Sun
Saturday was a day of animals, art and fun as the 4-legged variety brought their owners to the Mitzi Hancuff Park at the Fine Arts Institute for the first Pets in the Park.
The day was planned and sponsored by the Fine Arts Institute Board of Directors and Purina from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It included a pet parade and human art contest using various mediums showing favorite animals and original pet paw art was painted by the animals in the park. Funds raised will go to help promote FAI programs.
FAI Board Members planning and participating in the day included: Dawn Byram, Jesse Cowan, Carrie Funderburk, Michelle Gumaer, Larry Harmon, Gary Lennon, Lydia Miller and Jamie Underwood.
“The first annual Pets in the Park was a tail-wagging success,” said FAI Executive Director Shannon Price. “The day combined the love of animals and art, giving the community the opportunity to show off their pets.
“The humans enjoyed great barbecue and the animals were spoiled with treats from Purina. Everyone, including some lucky dogs that were adopted, left with a grin.”
Art contest winners included: Most Creative, Sammy; Most Realistic, Paige McIntosh; Most Humorous, McKenzy Marler; People’s Choice, Tracy Aldea; and Most Heartwarming, Kira Shaw.
Animals winning places in the Pet Parade included: Most Unusual Pet, Regan, owner Kim Wallace; Best Dressed Pet, Xena, owner Laurie Richardson; Best in Show, Frankie, owner Lauren McPherson; Best Behaved, Juno, owner Michael Martin; and Cutest Critter, Rupert, owner Blair Haserbeck.
People’s Choice BBQ Champion was Benjamin Floyd of Benjamin Floyd Homes.