By CALLIE WORLEY
Sunshine and tail wags took over downtown Jonesborough this past Saturday for Doggone Christmas.
Dog owners were able to bring their furry friends to join in on the holiday fun Dec. 7 as Christmas in Olde Jonesborough continued with this fun-filled event which featured treats, photos with Santa and — of course — lots of festive four-legged friends.
Many pets and owners arrived in their most Christmas-themed clothing. Local vendors also shared pet-friendly merchandise including collars, clothes, leashes and more.
With the sunny weather, visitors were able to enjoy much of the festivities outside. Dogs of all ages and shapes seemed to enjoy the event and making new friends.
One couple who attended, Beverly and Jim Miller of Greeneville, adopt senior and handicapped dogs.
“We only brought two, but I wish we could have brought more,” says Beverly. One of their dogs, Sally, needs wheelchair-like assistance, but that didn’t stop her from enjoying the Christmas fun.
Dogs who were a simple five pounds to those who were as tall as the children and twice their weight were able to partake in the fun the town had lined up.
Beginning at 11 a.m., pets seemed to get to know each other a little as they awaited the contests. Dogs were able to get their pictures taken with Santa throughout the day.
At 1 p.m., the Ugliest Sweater, Best Holiday Costume, and the Best Pet/Owner Look Alike contests took place. Immediately after, pets and owners of all shapes and sizes walked the street for the pet parade. All donations made Saturday went to the Washington County Humane Society.
Locals appeared to enjoy the chance to bring their dogs out for the day. Laurie Thompson, a Jonesborough native, said “Everything they do in this town is great in my opinion. I have to say that the fact that all of the downtown stores let you bring your pets in too is just awesome.”
Another event goer, Sarah Gordon, said, “Our town has some events but nothing like this. This is our second year coming and we love it.”
The town also made sure to share the fun with children by hosting a Gingerbread House Workshop on the second floor of the Storytelling Center.
The kids got to build and decorate a house with the supplies that were provided for them. With the option of eating it now, or taking it home, it seemed like the kids were too eager to wait.
“I’ve been eating it while I make it,” says 5-year-old Grady Livingston, “I made this all by myself.”
The room was packed full of children, parents and grandparents building, or at least trying to build tasty houses.
The holiday cheer doesn’t stop there; The town will host the third weekend of Christmas celebrations with Fun With Frosty and Friends on Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The event will include cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, the Santa Mart, games and more.
Also on Saturday, the annual Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6 p.m. going from Boone Street to Main Street.