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The Rancho Bernardo Community Council present the annual Patriotic Pet Contest!  The contest was emceed for the first 5 years by the late Larry Himmel, long-time Rancho Bernardo resident and TV Channel 8 personality. In 2015 the Rancho Bernardo Community Council recognized Larry Himmel for his years of emceeing the event by renaming it "The Larry Himmel Patriotic Pet Contest". Channel 8 News staff always covers this event and puts us on the air. The staff also provides a volunteer emcee to conduct the contest.

Do you have the most Patriotic Pooch? Dress up your pooch, kitty, goose or other leashed family member in their favorite red, white & blue ensemble and join us for the Spirit of the Fourth's Patriotic Pet Contest. Dogs, rabbits and even birds show off their patriotic outfits and accessories during the Patriotic Pet Contest at Webb Park in Rancho Bernardo. All pets must be properly restrained at all times.

Registration is at 8:30 a.m., with the contest and judging beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Here is the flyer with information about the 2018 event.

Here is a brief slide show of some highlights of the 2018 event. Many more photos will be posted here shortly.



Here is a slide show of the 2017 Patriotic Pet Contest:


The 2016 Contest winners were:

First Place Large Dog: Stephanie DeFrank with Shadow - Large Border Collie/Lab


Second Place Large Dog: Paul Schaller with Sydney - Large Australian Shepherd.


Third Place Large Dog: Major Derek Swenningsen with Bailey. Yellow Lab.


First Place Small Dog: Jan Savage with Sir Ruffles von Vicious - "Schnoodle perhaps" was written on the slip.


Second Place Small Dog: Tina Cota with Lacey.


Third place Small Dog: Emily Nakamura with Fuji - a mixed Chiu/Yorkie.


In the non-dog category - Felicia the white short haired cat with owner Yulija Budagova.




Following is a slide show of some of the entries in the 2016 event:



Following is another slide show of contest entries in the 2016 event taken by Beth Feldman's husband, Mark:



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"Title" Sponsors

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The Spirit of the Fourth "Title Sponsors" for 2018 are:


The County of San Diego, courtesy of Kristin Gaspar, Board of Supervisors Member for District 3.
The City of San Diego, courtesy of Mark Kersey, City Council Member for District 5.

"Stars" Major Sponsors

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The Spirit of the Fourth "Stars Sponsors" for 2018 are:


Silvergate Rancho Bernardo "Where Everyday Matters", .
Perspecta Imagine, Innovate, Achieve
Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation A Proud Affiliate of the San Diego Foundation

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