Canine capers at festive fundraiser

An entrant in the best dressed dog competition at Yorkshire Caravans Christmas Fair.
An entrant in the best dressed dog competition at Yorkshire Caravans Christmas Fair.
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They’re the smartest dogs in Doncaster – and they’re all dressed up ready for Christmas!

Bosses at Yorkshire Caravans did all they could to encourage the pooches to don their glad-rags – and these obliging animals were the winners.

Second prize in the best dressed dog competition at Yorkshire Caravans Christmas Fair.

Second prize in the best dressed dog competition at Yorkshire Caravans Christmas Fair.

It was part of the company’s colourful Christmas fair.

The business on Doncaster Road in Bawtry held the ‘cool yule’ fair for the second consecutive year.

Organiser and caravan park saleswoman Carol Shepard said more than 100 visitors made the event a huge success.

The free day not only included the best dressed dog competition, local traders with market stalls, Mayflower animal sanctuary with a tombola stall and raffle, blind dogs charity with a raffle and homemade gifts for sale and Olaf the snowman in fabulous fancy dress handing out sweets to children.

Third prize in the best dressed dog competition at Yorkshire Caravans Christmas Fair.

Third prize in the best dressed dog competition at Yorkshire Caravans Christmas Fair.

The day also included a reindeer hunt for the kids with a free Cadbury’s selection box on completion, face painting, children’s colouring corner, manicures and health and beauty products for sale, Frickley and South Elmsall brass band playing Christmas carols and a PA system with festive tunes whenever the band had an interval.

Carol said: “The day was a resounding success.

“The best dressed dog competition was enjoyed by all – first prize of £25 of vouchers for Pets At Home, went to Labrador Retriever, Cuba, second prize of a Kong toy went to Doris the Lhasa Apso, and third prize, of homemade dog treats, went to Terrier, Molly.”

She added: “Seeing the dogs dressed up was great fun. I even entered my own dog Stuart, a border terrier.

First prize in the best dressed dog competition at Yorkshire Caravans Christmas Fair.

First prize in the best dressed dog competition at Yorkshire Caravans Christmas Fair.

“Even though there were prizes for the top three winners all dogs received a squeaky toy.”

The day was also about raising funds for good causes with Yorkshire Caravan’s nominated charity, Mayflower animal sanctuary, making £219.50 from a tombola and raffle and the Blind Dogs charity raising £251.54, with the grand total split between the two charities.