James Rada, Jr.
(5/17) Most people dread the dog days
of summer, but Thurmont is looking forward to
its dog days so much so that on June 2,
Thurmont becomes Furmont.
June 2 is Furmont Day in town and owners
are invited to bring their dogs to the
carnival grounds from noon to 3 p.m. Event
chairperson Tammy Bomberger is hoping for
300-400 owners and their dogs to show up.
“Every dog that enters the fairgrounds gets
a doggie bag with lots of goodies,” said
Vickie Grinder, Thurmont’s Main Street
Different vendors, such as PetSmart and Two
Paws Up, will have products for dogs on
display. The Catoctin Veterinary Clinic will
be offering microchip tracking chips for only
the cost of the chip. The Blue Ridge Kennel
Club will be offering a free obedience
Dogs can also compete in musical chairs,
the “waggiest” tail, best costume and pet
parades. All of the dogs that participate will
be given a ribbon and the winners will get
larger ribbons and prizes.
“Every dog goes home a winner,” Grinder
said. “There are no losers.”
From 9 a.m. to noon, owners can take a pet
passport around to participating businesses in
town and have is punched. Filled passports
will qualify the owner for a prize drawing at
the end of the event.
Visitors to the stores can also vote on the
cutest pet. Pictures will be on display at the
stores. If you have a picture of your pet, you
would like to submit, mail it to: Vickie
Grinder, 10 Frederick Road, Thurmont, MD
“This is another way to get people curious
and involved so they can see that Thurmont’s a
great little town,” Bomberger said.
Information and pet registrations for
Furmont Day is available at the town office.
The events at the carnival grounds will be
under a large tent so Furmont Day is rain or
“It’s a dog world we live in,” said
Grinder. “People love their dogs. They’re like
one of the family.”