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February 14, 2013

Weather doesn't scare carnival goers away

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“Many stayed from beginning to the end,” she said. 

The Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal dog show, which features canines in costumes and showing off their talents, is always a well-attended event at the carnival. This year’s competition was held under a tent at Lakefront Park on Saturday instead of outdoors in Doubleday Parking lot. Some said they liked having activities moved, while others disagreed. 

Elizabeth Rickard of Hartwick said she really did not like the shift to Lakefront. 

“I liked everything at Doubleday because everything was together and I feel like people can shop the stores a little easier if you are already in Doubleday because it is closer to Main Street,” she said.

“That is just my perception, and it is good no matter what.”  

Rickard said she really enjoys to shop so she always looks for local vendors while attending the carnival. 

“The food competitions are great too. Those are my two favorite things to do,” she said.   

Although Rickard has been coming to the carnival for many years, she said she had never seen the dog show before.

“It has probably been my favorite thing so far,” she said after the competition on Saturday. 

Cooperstown resident Willis Monie, whose dog, Sophie, won best costume, said he felt it was a bit cramped in the tent, but was happy to be where it would be warmer not only for the humans but for the dogs. 

Monie said he and his wife, Dina Sams, try to get to a lot of the events offered at the carnival each year. After the dog show, he said he was looking forward to the chicken wing and lip sync contests. He said he really enjoyed the “BritishMania” Beatles tribute band that performed at the Otesaga Resort Hotel on Friday night.   

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