Thursday, April 12, 2018

Pet Carnival Becomes Annual Event

The high school kids that created Kids Fight for Animals (KFFA) group in the Tri-Valley area are once again planning a carnival for pets and their owners. 

The event will be held at the Valley View Park in Valley View, PA, on Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

Last year’s event drew hundreds of pets and their owners, showcasing regional vendors offering a variety of pet-related merchandise and services. Also in attendance were area animal rescue organizations, including Speranza Animal Rescue, caretakers of Libre, a rescue dog who went on to change animal abuse regulations across the country.

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than the first. States Christine Lettich, mother of Hailey, KFFA’s founder, “The girls are really stepping up to the challenge this year and are excited about making this event even more fun for pets and their owners. Last year we had animals of all kinds, including a goat. We could see the excitement in pet owner’s eyes at being able to come to such an event with their pets. We hope this year will be even more educational and fun.”

In addition to new and returning vendors, the 2018 Annual Pet Carnival will also feature nine rescue groups, including Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, Hillside SPCA, Mommy & Me Rescue, It Takes a Heart Kitten Zoo, Back in Black Rescue, and Paws for a Cause PA. Anthracite Animal Clinic will sponsor this year’s pet agility course and plenty of carnival games will be available for humans.

Food will also be plentiful at this year’s carnival. The Tri-Valley Lions Club will be selling ice cream, Broad Street Barbeque will feature pulled pork sandwiches, K&D Concessions will be on hand with funnel cakes and shaved ice, Friends of the Tri-Valley Community Pool are making tacos-in-a-bag, and Wendy Updegrave will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks. Additional food and merchandise vendors are still being added to the event.

Proceeds from the carnival benefit the rescues in attendance. Lettich states “The KFFA kids want to make people aware of how many animals need help and this is a great way to bring attention to their cause. People who attend the carnival also benefit because they are exposed to local resources they may not have known about otherwise.”

The event features entertainment by DJ Dan Poletti. There will also be a Chinese Auction on the day of the event and auction items are still needed. Anyone interested in donating to the auction can contact Tisha Tolar at 570-590-8468. For more information or to be a carnival sponsor, contact Christine Lettich at (570)449-7149.

Story and Photos from the 2017 Pet Carnival