POTTSTOWN – Alpacas, kittens, guinea pigs, snakes and dogs – oh so many dogs – gathered at Memorial Park on Saturday for the 10th annual Pottstown Animal Fair.
They also took their humans.
Oh, and this being Pottstown, of course there was at least one chicken.
But don’t worry, Licensing and Inspection Department – we can assure you it wasn’t an “illegal chicken,” visiting, so to speak, Gilbertsville.
Her name was Hildi and she was a silky woman whose feathers lived up to their name.
Hailed as “one of the biggest free pet shows in Pennsylvania,” the bragging would get no argument from Bill Caldwell of Norristown, who brings his Bossy Greyhound every year.
“We come every year. It’s a really good pet fair,” Caldwell said. “Personally, I think this is one of the best pet salons.”
The fair featured crafts, pet products, and unique animal suppliers, such as Silvermoon Alpacas of Boyertown, as well as dog license registration, animal blessing ceremony and demonstration. K-9.
A new garden in the Memorial Park was also unveiled in memory of Bill “the Cat Guy” Sharon, Pottstown booster and tireless advocate for animals.
Sharon, a staple of the Pottstown Holiday Historic Homes tour, also helped found and run the Pet Fair during its early years.
He passed away in 2018.
In addition to the pet food promotions, those who walk on two legs could choose from Lily’s Grill / Pottstown United Brewing, Bucktown Grille, Stairway to Veggin, and Taco Time.
Children’s activities at the Pottstown Children’s Discovery Center, raffle prizes and gift baskets completed the day.
Major sponsors included Chris Rowe, State Farm Insurance Agent, The Real Estate Professionals, Mobilization for Animals, Noah’s Pet Motel, Pottstown Wal-Mart Supercenter and the Pottstown Department of Parks and Recreation.