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Welcome to Furmont, Maryland

James Rada, Jr.
Thurmont Dispatch

(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 manager.

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 training seminar.

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 21788.

“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 shine.

“It’s a dog world we live in,” said Grinder. “People love their dogs. They’re like one of the family.”

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