September 30, 2013 • 09:44:03 a.m.

Genoa market features dogs and scarecrows

Dogs Day Out welcomes dogs big and small to accompany their humans to Genoa’s Open Air Market on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All dogs will receive treats and prizes will be awarded in several contests. (Provided photo)

The Genoa Open Air Market truly has something for everyone on Saturday – except maybe cats.

Fresh produce, specialty foods, crafts, new and antique items and live entertainment are not the only things visitors will find. Two crowd favorites, “Dogs Day Out” and “Build your own Scarecrow” return to entertain visitors on two feet or four.

“Dogs Day Out is back by popular demand,” Gene Bradford, event chairman for Genoa Main Street Inc., said in a news release. “I guess the dogs have been begging to come back downtown.”

Dogs and their owners will find lots to do. All dogs will receive a treat. Children are welcome to bring a stuffed dog. Prizes will be awarded to dog and human winners of several contests. The dog costume contest is for real or stuffed dogs in costume. Humans can compete for best human dressed as a dog (children or adults) and best dog howl by a human. Dogs can take a dip at “dog beach.”

Visitors can try their hand at building a scarecrow. Genoa Main Street Inc. provides everything needed, from a frame and head to stuffing and clothes. Both adult- and child-size scarecrows will be available. The cost is $20 per scarecrow, and all proceeds benefit downtown projects and events.

“Building a scarecrow together is a fun family tradition,” Diane Helland, Main Street board member and scarecrow organizer, said in the release. “Kids love choosing a face and an outfit for the scarecrow. You can build the scarecrow at the market or pack up the parts and take them home to build later.”

Genoa’s open air markets are the largest in the area, attracting crowds to the corner of Main and South Genoa streets in downtown Genoa. Merchants offer sidewalk sales on market days and market visitors receive stickers making them eligible for special offers in downtown shops.

Market spaces are available at $25 per space. Lower rates are available for nonprofit organizations and fresh produce sellers. Tents and tables also can be rented. For information or to reserve a space, call 815-784-6961, email mainstreetgenoa@gmail.com or go to genoamainstreet.com.

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