Cape Gazette

Sea Witch Festival to present Best Costumed Dog Contest Oct. 28

Oct 12, 2012
Photo by: Dave Koster Monsters and more will be on parade at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28, for the Best Costumed Dog Contest.

Sponsored by Rehoboth Beach Animal Hospital, the Best Costumed Dog Contest is set for Sunday, Oct. 28. Dogs only and their humans will parade down the Boardwalk.  No livestock, wild animals or reptiles are permitted in the contest. Former bow-wow critters include those costumed as lifeguards, Egyptians, chickens, cowboys, chefs, police, etc.

Participants should be prepared for a 1 1/2 mile walk including lineup, parade and return to Rehoboth Avenue from Laurel Street. Registration begins at 2 p.m. Dogs and their owners will register on Lakeview Avenue, next to the Henlopen Hotel, where they will receive their entry numbers and parade ribbons. The registration fee is $5 per dog. Dogs will be judged immediately following registration and before parading. All registered participants will line up at the north end of the Boardwalk parallel to the beach.

The monsters wag their way down the Boardwalk beginning at 3 p.m. The parade will proceed south on the Boardwalk from the Henlopen Hotel to Star of the Sea Condominium at Laurel Street. Monster police wearing orange vests will be positioned on the Boardwalk for spectator control and parade route passage. Participants will exit the Boardwalk and disperse down Laurel Street, turning right onto King Charles Avenue/First Street to proceed back toward the Rehoboth Bandstand and Boardwalk via Rehoboth Avenue. Winners will be announced at the Rehoboth Bandstand at 4:30 p.m. and showcased on stage.

Nonmotorized small floats, wagons, etc. may be used on the Boardwalk but may not be brought onto the Bandstand; only leashed or carried dogs will be received on the stage.

Go to for complete program information. For more festival or area information, contact the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce at 800-441-1329, Ext. 0, 302-227-2233, Ext. 0, or 02, or email


This puppy blooms where he's planted and enjoys the 2011 parade from his own wheelbarrow. (Photo by: Dave Koster)
"What's the latest buzz on the winner?" this canine bee seems to ask. (Photo by: Dave Koster)
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