Main Street Square loosens its leash for Pet Day

Monday, April 21, 2014

RAPID CITY, SD – Main Street Square is breaking the rules for just one day for the third annual Pet Day at Main Street Square, on Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Family Thrift Center and Prairie Market.

New this year is a Dog Show, at 1 p.m., featuring four categories, including “Dog Owner Look Alike,” “Best Dressed,” “Most Adorable” and “Ugliest Mutt.” Dog Show registration is free and open to anyone beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of the event. Prizes are provided by PetSmart and Petco.

Highlights include dog demonstrations by the Wolf Pack Search and Rescue Dogs at 11:15 a.m., and the Rapid City Police Department K9 Unit at 2 p.m. Tails n’ Training will provide an obedience class at 11:40 a.m. and will demonstrate dog tricks at 12:45 p.m.

Jog For A Dog, a one-mile walk/run, begins at noon. Families and individuals are encouraged to bring their leashed dog on a walk around Downtown Rapid City. Participants may pre-register online. The cost is $10 for individuals 18 years of age and older and $20 for a family, individuals 17 and younger may participate at no charge. Donations will also be accepted. Proceeds will go to the Humane Society of the Black Hills.

“We bring this event to Downtown Rapid City with our own dogs in mind,” said Main Street Square Executive Director Megan Whitman. “We can’t wait to see the dogs that enter the Dog Show. Be sure to bring your four-legged friend down for [FUN]²!”

Various pet-themed booths will be open, featuring National American University Veterinary Technology, Humane Society, T & Bonnie’s Grooming, Oglala Pet Project, MT Pockets Printing, Beautiful Mutts, Ellsworth Air Force Base Veterinary Hospital and more.

Main Street Square staff reminds visitors that this is a special event, and dogs and other pets are not allowed in the fountains or on the oval lawn. On Saturday, only dogs are allowed in the Square and they must be on a leash. Pet owners are asked to keep the Square clean and pick up after their dogs.

The event is held in conjunction with Main Street Square’s Spring Market, with local food, crafts and other items the same day, Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on this event and others, visit the website at and click on Pet Day on the Event Calendar, call Main Street Square at 605-716-7979 or e-mail