Villa Rica Pet Parade is a big success for the Golden City Lions

About 80 dogs and their owners enjoyed a crisp, clear day at Villa Rica’s Pet Parade and Games held Saturday, November 5 at the Mill Amphitheater in downtown Villa Rica.  This year, the event was hosted by the Golden City Lions Club to benefit the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation and other local vision programs.  The Lighthouse provides eye surgeries and other services, including support for free vision clinics at the Rapha Clinic in Temple that are co-sponsored by the three Carroll County Lions Clubs. 

Dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds, along with their human friends, walked the parade route through downtown Villa Rica then came back to the Mill Amphitheater for contests and games.  Many of the dogs were dressed up for the costume contest and some even had painted fur – including the winner Havana (owner Belinda Jones).  One of the most entertaining contests was Musical Sit, with carpet squares for the dogs to sit on when the music stopped (won by Cindy Britt’s Gypsy).  Prizes were also awarded for the Fastest Sit (Michelle Brooks’ dog Elliott), Best Trick (Rascal, owned by Melinda Hudgins), Largest Pet (Jaxon, owned by Jessica and Cody Perrien) and Smallest Pet (Pipsqueak from Second Chance Animal Rescue), Longest Ears (Mac, shown by Erin Rhodes and Christin Thomas), and Pet/Owner Look-Alike (Crystal Cohran and pet Dallas). 

The Golden City Lions were thrilled with the success of their first Pet Parade and Games, which had previously been hosted by the City of Villa Rica.  The Lions are grateful for the contributions made by local businesses sponsors:  Newspapers of West Georgia, Community & Southern Bank, Drs. Eric & Michelle Vera, Villa Rica Park & Recreation, Villa Rica Tourism Bureau, Drs. Larry & Virginia Price, Villa Rica Animal Hospital, Rainwater Motor Company, Advantage Office Supply, Timberidge Stables, Evergreen Construction, Inc., Tanner Health System, the Olive Tree Restaurant, and ACRA Computing & Printing.

The Lions also appreciate the many local businesses that donated gifts for a raffle and bought vendor spaces, showing both pet-related and other items.  Two animal rescue organizations also participated and brought adoptable dogs.  Pet entry fees and raffle ticket sales for the donated prizes and a cash jackpot generated additional funds for the benefit. 

Lions Jacki Dixon, Barbara Daniell, Ann Olson, Suzanne Zoda, Gina Brandenburg, and Alisa Doyal planned the event along with Cindy Britt and Pam Morgan, friends of the Golden City Lions who organized previous Pet Parades for Villa Rica.  The committee members are already planning to hold the event again next year. 

For more information about the Golden City Lions, please visit our web site at or call President Ann Olson at 770-942-1554.





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