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Dogs and Other Pets Soon to be Banned From Edmonds Summer Market

The annual market kicked off Saturday with expanded art and food booths, entertainment and lots of farm-fresh produce from local growers.

It's official. Summer is here, and the Edmonds Summer Market is once again filling the downtown area with the festive sights and smells of one of the region's premier farmer's markets.

The bigger market, with vendors stretching up Bell Street to Sixth Avenue North, replaces the .

A few scattered showers didn't keep market-goers away, and the aisles were packed with shoppers, children and pets.

Speaking of pets, if you want to bring Fido to the market, you'll have to do so before the end of July. Dogs have always been a staple of the market, but effective Aug. 1, pets will no longer be allowed.

"The crowds are getting larger and the space is too confined," said Tarin Erikson, director of the Edmonds/South Snohomish County Historical Society, sponsor of the summer market. "We know that some pet owners will be disappointed, but this will make the Edmonds summer market a safer and more enjoyable place for all."

The Edmonds Summer Market runs Saturdays through Oct. 6 except Aug. 11, when the annual A Taste of Edmonds is on. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

sue b July 06, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Think about taking your family down to the doggie beach for some wonderful doggie/family time.
sue b July 06, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Kathe, i have stepped in dog poop in the middle of the sidewalk on my way to working as a vendor. i have also seen the little blue poop bags with poop tied in a knot set along the flower beds. what's up with that? don't get me started.
Alice July 07, 2012 at 04:34 AM
So you might not consider my dog a part of your family...whatever. I do not consider YOU or your annoying children (imo, screaming kids are way more of an annoyance than pets) part of mine. However, it is apparently not allowed to ban kids from the market, so deal with it. Yes, it is crowded, but often it is people who are the issue. Not the pets. Those same pet owners who do not clean up after their dogs will likely still be annoying on their own.
Sue G July 08, 2012 at 03:42 AM
How does one have a rational discussion with people who equate children and dogs. . seriously????
Laurie F August 21, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I am a dog owner who believes in making her dog behave and will always be responsible for her behavior. That being said, I understand that some people are not and I am not necessarily completely against the ban. However, not knowing about the recent ban, I went to the market last Saturday with my boyfriend and my dog and read in very small print that she was not allowed in after we had already parked several blocks away. My boyfriend stayed out at the peripherary and walked around the edge of the market. After I was in the market for 15 minutes and saw at least 15 dogs of all shapes and sizes (not service dogs), I said that he could probably walk from the opposite side (since he walked around) through the market back to our car. He was treated so incredibly rudely by vendors and patrons alike that we will NOT be back! I would have been willing to come back without her, but I will not tolerate being treated like a criminal when all he was doing was walking on the sidewalk as out of the way as possible just to get back to our car! While you're trying to train dog owners to be responsible, how about training some adults to have some respect and not treat people so rudely?! It was not just a comment about dogs not being allowed, it was threatening and down right abusive. One patron even threatened to find the mayor! Ridiculous! I can deal with a rule about dogs, but I will go elsewhere in the city where PEOPLE have some manners.

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