6/03/2009

Chet's Festival Fundraiser: 7-25

Posted by MJ


LUSJ has an article about the fundraising activities for Chet Secrist, owner of Chet’s Dog House on Main Street. It was heartening to hear of the initial vision for a fundraiser but it is amazing to see how big of an event is planned. Goes to show the value of an active community to help out in a time of need.
Located a short walk from me, I am sad to say that I have yet to stop in, usually due to the hours of operation not matching up to my hours of hunger. I pray for his recovery and the resulting chance to stop in for a celebration dog.
Activities form the article:
Confirmed aspects include:
• A 5K Dog Race and 1-mile Dog Walk. The route is still being worked out,
according to Martin.
• Live music from the city stage in front of City Hall, from roughly 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lockport Federation of Musicians will kick off the festival with the National Anthem, sung by Buffalo Sabres’ anthem singer Doug Allen, and a 90-minute concert, then yield the stage to roughly 10 local rock bands.
• A “dog biscuit” eating contest featuring a favored Chet’s menu item, the bacon/sausage-and-egg on English muffin sandwich. This one’s set for noon in
front of the Dog House.
• A kids’ carnival at Ida Fritz Park with a bounce house, pony rides, a dunk tank, a duck pond, water and sack races, face painting, balloons, magicians, a clown, a storyteller and live kids music.
Lotsa food — The day will kick off with the race/walk and a pancake breakfast served inside and outside the Dog House. Lockport-based Lake Effect Ice Cream is creating a special “Chet’s” ice cream for the event; and food booths will be set up by a variety of restaurants. Commitments already have been made by Papa Leo’s, Danny Sheehan’s, the Fieldstone, Pour Boyz and One Eyed Jack’s. Beer, soda and water will be sold.
• Raffles and commemorative product sales.

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