The community of Chelan braved the light drizzle to take part in the annual Wayne Kelly Memorial Top Dog Parade on Saturday, March 11, 2017. The parade celebrates the life of the well-known local who passed away in 1991. The parade takes place near the St. Patrick’s Day holiday each year in honor of Kelly’s Irish heritage.
Groups such as the Lake Chelan Lion’s Club, several area preschools, 4H, the Samaritan Riders, Pups for Partners and more participated in this year’s march down Woodin Avenue. The largest group of participants, except for the dogs, was the ‘New Hospital Now’ group who carried signs and handed out candy to promote the levy vote which takes place on Apr. 25.
Dogs compete each year to be the parade’s ‘Top Dog’, an honor amongst canine and companion. This year’s winner was a group of three rescue dogs dressed as punk rock princesses. Abby, Winnie and Kadie took home a $50 gift certificate from Kelly’s Hardware as a prize for being this year’s winners.
“We are so thrilled,” said Abby’s owner, Linda Lu Cannon. “It is such an honor to accept the award. You can get anything at Kelly’s Hardware.” Leslie Fichtner who owns Winnie and Gordon Cammack, owner of Kadie, will share in the prize with Cannon.
Crowds lined Woodin Avenue to enjoy the parade and cheer for their friends. For the second year in a row the King County Firefighters Pipes and Drum Band participated in the parade, adding to the festivities.
“This is one of my favorite events,” said Fox and Quail Café owner, Seth Myers. “Events like this make me love Chelan.”
Following the parade, the community was invited to the Campbell’s Resort for a ‘Barking Lot Party’. The party featured beers and ciders poured by local breweries and treats and toys for the four-legged guests.
All 4 Paws, a local pet grooming salon handed out free samples of dog food and welcomed Reno, the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office K9 to be in pictures and enjoy the celebration.
(By Jillian Foster)