Dogs, scarecrows featured at Genoa Open Air Market

GENOA – The Genoa Open Air Market on Saturday, Sept. 28 truly has something for everyone – except maybe cats.

Fresh produce, specialty foods, crafts, new and antique items and live entertainment are not the only things visitors will find. Two crowd favorites, “Dogs Day Out” and “Build Your Own Scarecrow” return to entertain visitors on two feet or four.

“Dogs Day Out is back by popular demand,” said Gene Bradford, event chairman for Genoa Main Street Inc. “I guess the dogs have been begging to come back downtown.”

Dogs and their owners will find lots to do. All dogs will receive a treat. Children are welcome to bring a stuffed dog. Prizes will be awarded to dog and human winners of several contests. The dog costume contest is for real or stuffed dogs in costume. Humans can compete for best human dressed as a dog (children or adults) and best dog howl by a human. Dogs can take a dip at “dog beach.”

Visitors can try their hand at building a scarecrow. Genoa Main Street Inc. provides everything needed, from a frame and head to stuffing and clothes. Both adult- and child-size scarecrows will be available. The cost is $20 per scarecrow, and all proceeds benefit downtown projects and events.

Genoa’s open air markets are the largest in the area, attracting crowds to the corner of Main and South Genoa streets in downtown Genoa. Merchants offer sidewalk sales on market days and market visitors receive stickers making them eligible for special offers in downtown shops.

Market spaces are available at $25 per space. Lower rates are available for nonprofit organizations and fresh produce sellers. Tents and tables can also be rented. For information or to reserve a space, call 815-784-6961, email or go to

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