Costume Contest

It’s time to channel your creative genius and craft a winning costume for your dog!  This year there are no specific categories.  The judges will select winners based on:

“Fun” Quotient

Costumes must be in good taste and appropriate for your dog.  

If you have a pair of dogs whose costumes are a part of one obvious theme, you may register the pair as one dog.  If their costumes are unrelated, each dog must be registered separately.

Also acceptable: you and your dog [or human family members and their dog(s)] may all be in costume as one entry if costumes are part of one overall theme.

If you are participating in the Costume Contest, here’s how it will work…


Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. After registering and collecting your  t-shirt, Trick-Or-Treat bag and contest entry number, you and your dog will be directed to the Contest Judging Tent.  

Here you will present your dog(s) to the judges.  The judges will take notes and ask any questions they may have related to the costume.  This shouldn’t take any longer than a few minutes.

You are then free to take your dog along the Trick-Or-Treat Trail, visit our
vendors and The BIG Pumpkin Photo Station, or sit and enjoy the live music.

2:45 p.m. Contest participants need to report back to the Registration area to line up for the Parade of Dogs.

3:00 p.m. the Parade of Dogs will begin. This gives the event audience the opportunity to enjoy all the dogs/people in costume.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Raffle drawing winner will be announced and the Costume Contest prizes will be awarded


Rosie Gantt

Dominique Smith

NBC 29

Kay Pfaltz

Owner of Basic Necessities Cafe and Author of the book The Things We Do


We’re figuring out the prizes so sit tight!


  • Gift Card for:
    • Ace Hardware, Palmyra
    • Basic Necessities
    • C&O Restaurant
    • Duck Donuts
    • Pet Supplies Plus
    • UNTUCKit
  • Gift Basket from the Fork Union Animal Clinic

Quilt Raffle

Who doesn’t love comfy and cozy handmade quilts? If you would like to win a pooch-inspired quilt, hand-made by Lolly Schiffman, head over to the Registration Page to enter the raffle. Consider signing up for Early Registration while you’re there!

For more information, click here to download the flyer

Our Host

Once again this year, JOE THOMAS, host of the Joe Thomas In The Morning Show on News/Talk radio-Cville 107.5 WCHV, is STRUT YOUR MUTT’S Master of Ceremony.  Learn more HERE