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Dogs, cats steal show at Algonquin Founders' Day

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  • Deegan Forbes and his sister Kylie of Lake in the Hills get their aunt's Great Dane, Logan, ready Friday before the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders' Days festival in Algonquin Lakes Park. Logan won in the biggest-dog category.

       Deegan Forbes and his sister Kylie of Lake in the Hills get their aunt's Great Dane, Logan, ready Friday before the dog and cat show at the Algonquin Founders' Days festival in Algonquin Lakes Park. Logan won in the biggest-dog category.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Lisa Notarnicola of Algonquin shows the judges her English bulldog, Sumo, during the dog and cat show Friday at the Founders' Days festival in Algonquin Lakes Park. The show awarded trophies in several categories, including best costume, best trick or for the face only a mom could love.

       Lisa Notarnicola of Algonquin shows the judges her English bulldog, Sumo, during the dog and cat show Friday at the Founders' Days festival in Algonquin Lakes Park. The show awarded trophies in several categories, including best costume, best trick or for the face only a mom could love.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Cody Sattler, left, a Chicago native and contestant on the reality show "The Bachelorette," speaks with fans Lindsey Roberts, her son, Jackson, and Doreen Neukirch of Algonquin at the Founders' Days festival in Algonquin Lakes Park

       Cody Sattler, left, a Chicago native and contestant on the reality show "The Bachelorette," speaks with fans Lindsey Roberts, her son, Jackson, and Doreen Neukirch of Algonquin at the Founders' Days festival in Algonquin Lakes Park
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

  • Aly Sells of Cary paints a flower on Courtney Cerniglia, 9, of Algonquin at the Founders' Days festival in Algonquin Lakes Park.

       Aly Sells of Cary paints a flower on Courtney Cerniglia, 9, of Algonquin at the Founders' Days festival in Algonquin Lakes Park.
    Brooke Herbert Hayes | Staff Photographer

 
By Brooke Herbert Hayes
bhayes@dailyherald.com

The second day of the Algonquin Founders' Days Festival began Friday as folks filed in with dogs and cats in tow.

Some of the dog owners were dressed to match their pups, while cats were kept calm in pet carriers.

The Dog and Cat show, sponsored by The Dog Waggin' of Algonquin, gave pets and their owners chances to win prizes in several categories, including most exotic, longest whiskers, best costume, biggest dog, and owner look-alikes.

Organizer Rusty Cherbak of Algonquin has been hosting the show for more than 15 years and loves seeing all the dogs and cats together with children and parents.

"I wouldn't be doing it all these years if it wasn't fun," she said.

In addition to the dog and cat show, there was a children's area presented by All Smiles Dental and attended by Chicago native Cody Sattler of "The Bachelorette" television show. Friday also featured a petting zoo, bike decorating contest, and of course, carnival rides and plenty of fair food.

The festival continues through Sunday at Algonquin Lakes Park and concludes with fireworks on the Fox River Sunday evening at 9 p.m. There will be 10K and 5K races on Sunday, as well as a parade Saturday morning.

Festival admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children on Saturday and $2 and $1 for kids on Sunday.

For details, visit AlgonquinFoundersDays.com.

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