FRYEBURG – Three local organizations have teamed up to help man’s best friend. The Home, Garden and Flower Show at Fryeburg Fairgrounds, the Conway Area Humane Society and Harvest Hills Animal Shelter plan to raise funds for the animals served by the local shelters through “Castles for Canines,” a doghouse contest and auction, at the 2006 Home, Garden and Flower Show to be held May 19 to 21

“Castles for Canines” is the product of the imaginations of Joan McBurnie and Roz Manwaring of Harvest Hills and Conway Area Humane Society, respectively, and Karla Ficker, owner/producer of the Fryeburg show.

McBurnie had come across a story from “This Old House” that described a doghouse contest where entrants built doghouses that were replicas of their own homes. After prizes were awarded, the doghouses were auctioned and the proceeds were donated to the ASPCA.

The show contest will be open to 20 doghouse builders. There will be two categories; professional contractors and amateurs. A People’s Choice award will be bestowed on the entry in each category that garners the most votes during the three-day show. On Sunday afternoon, all of the doghouses will be auctioned and the money will be shared between Harvest Hills and the Conway Area Humane Society.

For information about the show, call 1-800-359-2033 or e-mail [email protected] and for a registration form for Castles for Canines, call Joan McBurnie at 1-207-935-4358 or e-mail [email protected] or Roz Manwaring at 1-603-447-5955, e-mail [email protected]

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