Spring Township, Pa. -  Two neighborhoods in Spring Township joined to host the eighth annual Halloween Barkfest Pet Parade and Costume Party.

The villages of Spring Ridge and Oak Hill presented a musical, fun-filled Saturday afternoon on the lawn along Village Drive for dozens of dog lovers.

"There's an awful lot of dogs that live here in Spring Ridge," said resident Sue Plunkett.

Plunkett and other residents Diane Hill and Jen Snyder planned the event for pet owners from all over the area to come with their dogs dressed in a variety of costumes to compete for the best costume award.

Cindy Smith - co-owner of Tails A Waggin', a pet grooming business at 2321 Penn Ave. in Spring - donated prizes and her staff assisted with the sound system.

Jim Bonner of Sinking Spring was the emcee for the judging portion of the parade, which he has done for the past several years.

Staff from the nearby Wyomissing Animal Hospital judged the costume contest where again, as in other years, there were 30 to 40 dogs in the running.

The four-legged winners were Jordie Goodling, Charlie Goodling, Bentley DeFazio and Armani DeFazio dressed, respectively, as Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keefe, Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet.

The dogs were accompanied by their owners Susan Goodling, Betty DeFazio and Beth DeFazio of West Lawn.

Beth DeFazio said the costumes were partially made by Susan Goodling.

Two chihuahuas, Mia and Honey, were dressed as a police dog and "bad dog," were escorted by owner Merl Zodel of Spring Ridge. The pair were crowd pleasers, especially with the children.

Justin Folk of Birdsboro said seeing the parade further enforced his desire to adopt a dog.

"Dogs are such great companions," he said. "I look forward to having one of my own sometime in the near future."

Many of the dogs competing for the audience of about 75 spectators for the best costume were rescued from local shelters.

"We always urge people to rescue dogs," Hill said. "Go out and rescue a dog."

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