MSFF Pet Show winners announced

The Inter-Mountain photo by Bayli Rhodes Winners of the Cutest Baby category, Becky George and Grayson Winans pose, with their labradoodle, Allie, in front of judges at the annual Forest Festival Parade of Pets.

ELKINS — Winners have been announced for the Mountain State Forest Festival Parade of Pets show at Elkins High School.

More than 40 pets competed in 12 categories, including Longest Tail, Best Tricks and Most Unusual pet.

Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, bunnies, a bearded dragon and a hermit crab all competed against one another in the pet show.

Jodie Varner, an MSFF assistant director, said there was a tremendous turnout for the event, and thanked the community for their participation.

“It was very well-attended. We had a lot of diverse animal participants, people of different ages and a great crowd,” Varner said.

Many animals and their owners placed in the 12 categories, including Longest Tail with first place going to Amber Talbott and second place awarded to Josh Howell.

Baby animals up to one year were judged in the Cutest Baby contest, with Becky George and Greyson Winans placing first, Leslie Stansy placing second and Ava Kaposy placing third.

Non-traditional pets were judged in the Most Unusual Pet category, where Logan Stewart placed first with his bearded dragon and Hubert Westbrook placed second with his hermit crab.

There were also a variety of competitions where individuals could show off the beauty of their dogs, including Most Beautiful Dog, in which Mandy Warner earned first place, Kenzie Phillips placed second and Chloe Helzer placed third.

In the category for Most Handsome Dog, Hannah Davis placed first with Abby Harlan placing second.

There were also many areas for cats to participate in the competition, including Prettiest Cat winner Sara Ratley and Most Handsome Cat winner Alora Cameron.

Pets were also able to show off in the Best Tricks category, where Mary Posey and Trenton Posey placed first and Kinley Anderson placed second.

Pets and their owners were also judged together in the Owner/Pet Look Alike category, where Nate Garves Daniels took first place, Cora Zirkle placed second and Emberlee Howell placed third.

Owners and their pets were also able to dress up in the Best Costume category, with Jalynn Toler placing first, Braelynn placing second and Madison Godwin placing third.

Pets were also judged by their names in the Most Fitting Name category, where Ella Ours and Leah Ours placed first and Paula Parsons placed second.

The gym of the high school was packed with Forest Festival goers and pets as they watched the competition.

Lisa Preusch, vice president of fundraising for the Randolph County Humane Society, said, “It was a nice time to have the public show their love of animals, show their pets off and all the different varieties of animals they have.”

Four volunteers from the Randolph County Humane Society — Melany Tingler, Kristie Stoniker, Chris Lee and auditor Maria Kotasky — judged and scored the event.

Members from the RCHS, including both volunteers and employees, also helped organize the event.

The event was sponsored by Fancy Paws grooming and pet boutique, which allowed the event to be open and free for the public and the participants.

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