FERRIS – Saturday’s Brick Festival hosted a variety of family-oriented events to captivate crowds.

Friday evening, the downtown festival kicked off with carnival rides and a “Mutt Strutt” contest, with canines competing for  titles in best dressed, best trick and most vocal.

Winning best dressed honors was Lucky, whose owner,

10-year-old Lia Guglielmi, outfitted her with a sequined covered shawl in an authentic Mexican dress style.

Jonathan Jackson’s rat terrier, Lulu, was named most vocal.

“When the owner oo’ed in her ear, she oo’ed,” show coordinator Carole Watson said.

The best trick award went to Piper, owned by Shelley Davis. The Yorkshire terrier performed with obedience, extending a handshake, followed by “sitting pretty” before hamming it up for the audience.

“Next year I want to have cutest, ugliest, largest and smallest” categories, Watson said. “I always wanted to (have) an ugliest dog contest; I would love to see that.”

The weather, though threatening rain, held out for a cool Saturday as festivities resumed.

The Little Miss and Little Mister Ferris Brick competition brought a crowd to the pavilion to watch the contestants age 5-12 participate.

Each contestant was asked a question and then walked the catwalk for the judges.  

“My favorite sport is cheerleading,” said Cheyenne Grice, 8, the winner of Little Miss Ferris Brick, when asked her favorite sport.

Grice was in the 7- to 9-year-old group, the largest category.

Blaze Moreno was awarded Little Mister Ferris Brick.

“I like dragons and bunnies,” Blaze Moreno said when asked his favorite animal.

Coordinator Charlsie Watson reminded Moreno to give the judges and audience his best smile when he did his turn on the stage. The 5-year-old instead gave a look of complete concentration absent of a grin. He later offered a muscleman pose to the audience, generating a round of applause.

The festival’s namesake event, a brick-decorating contest,  featured entries from students at Ferris Junior High, students at Ferris High School and adults.

Entries included bricks designed to resemble cartoon characters Homer Simpson and Sponge Bob, various flags, bugs, a detailed Texas license plate replica and three-dimensional vehicles like monster trucks and dump trucks. Other entries kept the concept two-dimensions with more attention on the detail.

Events and carnival festivities included pony rides at Mimi’s Pony-Go-Round and Petting Zoo, a giant slide and various rides. There also was a rock-climbing tower for people to try their climbing skills and Ferris police offered free fingerprinting to festival-goers, who received a badge sticker to display. The department also offered free gun locks to gun owners.

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