Fiddlers Jamboree Visitors Reminded Of

June 17, 2006
Dwayne Page

If you plan to visit the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival Friday and Saturday, June 30th and July 1st, please leave your pets at home.

The City of Smithville has an ordinance that prohibits most animals in the downtown area during the Fiddler's Jamboree.

The ordinance states that \"Whereas, the City of Smithville has received complaints in past years from people concerned about their safety and well being due to the presence of certain types of dogs, animals, and reptiles at the annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree, and

Whereas, on occasion, even animals restrained by a leash have been known to cause harm to individuals and instill fear for those attending the Jamboree, and

Whereas, the City desires to keep visitors to the Jamboree safe and free of fear of such animals,

Now, therefore be it ordained by the Mayor and Board of Aldermen of the City of Smithville that

All types of pets including dogs, cats, reptiles, and other such animals shall be strictly and expressly prohibited on the city streets within the boundaries of the Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree during the period of the annual event, with the exception of dogs for the visually impaired, disabled and police and military dogs that are being used for official business during the Jamboree.

Each violation of this ordinance shall be punishable by a minimum fine of ten dollars per occurrence.

A brochure distributed by the Fiddler's Jamboree Committee states that the festival allows no pets, no alcoholic beverages, no fireworks, no roller blades, or no bicycles.

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