Dyer Summerfest crowd picks fairest of the four-legged

2012-06-09T19:39:00Z Dyer Summerfest crowd picks fairest of the four-leggedBy Mary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 09, 2012 7:39 pm  • 

DYER | Dogs in Dyer are so cute that the 2012 Dyer Summerfest contest had six finalists instead of the planned three.

And the six were on hand Saturday afternoon after a full day of voting by festival goers. Charley, a 9-month-old chocolate Yorkie who has apparently never met a human he doesn’t like, was the top-vote-getter, winning a $50 gift card from Pet Supplies Plus.

Charley’s owner, Joanna Gornick, said she figures it’s Charley’s coat and his color that makes him the town's cutest dog.

The Dyer Summerfest continues today in Pheasant Hills Park, with carnival rides open from 1 to 9 p.m. Registration for the bean bag tournament is at 1 p.m., with the tournament beginning at 2. Fireworks by the Mad Bomber are at 9 p.m.

Gracie, an Australian shepherd mix, was the second prize winner and Penny Lane, a yellow Labrador Retriever, won third. Penny Lane’s cuteness can be found in her personality, said owner Anne Kutka. “Her personality is so sweet and kind that the kids in the neighborhood love her,” said Kutka.

The runners-up included Cooper, a 4-month-old Black Labrador Retriever, and Harley, an American pit bull and Shar-Pei mix. The contest was sponsored by the Dyer Community Foundation, Dyer Animal Control and the Dyer Dog Park Committee. The committee is  raising funds to develop a dog park on land set aside in Central Park.

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