It is your civic duty to join in on the fun in Downtown Tryon on September 27 for the next edition of 4th Friday as we elect the DOG MAYOR OF TRYON! Tryon Downtown Development Association is teaming up with the Foothills Humane Society to elect the next canine mayor of Tryon. The deadline to file for election has ended. You can vote below!
On September 27 in Downtown Tryon, the voting will take place… with your dollars! One dollar = one vote, and all funds raised will go to the Foothills Humane Society. Dogs do not have to be present to win, but are encouraged to attend, as dowtown Tryon is fido-friendly community. The Dog Mayor will serve for one year, until the next year’s election!
EARLY VOTING: To vote early, please make a check out to Foothills Humane Society with the candidate of your choosing. Remember, $1 = 1 vote, $100 = 100 votes! Cash in an envelope with the dog’s name may also be dropped off. Votes should be dropped off with TDDA at 26 Maple Street or at A Taste of Olives & Grapes (10 N Trade Street) before September 26.
EARLY VOTING – Ends Thursday, Sept. 26
4th Fridays take place in Downtown Tryon monthly, on the 4th Friday of each month with a different theme. Shops stay open late, and entertainment takes place throughout the downtown. Support our local businesses by shopping small year round! The events are hosted and produced by the Tryon Downtown Development Association, and made possible by the financial support of the Polk County Community Foundation.
Alaska Phillips – My platform is to make Tryon the most dog friendly town in the South. First, I will make sure every store and restaurant has water and dog treats. I will also talk to the Tryon Creamery and ensure they have doggie ice cream. The final item that I am most passionate about is to convince all local businesses to have a laser pointer available to play with! This is the most crucial item because it is personally my most favorite thing in the whole wide world! Andy Dandy – If elected as dog mayor, my goal is to bring attention to all my friends at Foothills Humane Society who are looking for homes. I hope they can find a forever home like I did. My philosophy is to look, listen, and only bark when it’s really important (like bears in the yard). I promise to personally inspect every fire hydrant and light pole in town. My campaign slogan is “sit… stay… Tryon”, because I think it’s a great place to live and work. About Andy Dandy: Andy Dandy Woodcock-Walker is a graduate of Foothills Humane Society. He is the official greeter at Workroom Tech, and in his spare time he enjoys hiking, sun worship and squeaky toys. Boone McGourty – I love going on boat rides on Lake Lanier, playing with my two cat siblings, and hanging out at McGourty’s! My campaign is to encourage everyone to not only adopt dogs, but cats too from the Humane Society because “Cats are friends, not food!” Charlie B. Goode – Hello Tryon! My name is Charlie. Many of you know me I’m the blind old golden retriever you encounter with my humans, Barb and John. I’m often seen wandering about downtown and at Harmon Field. Many stop their cars to give me treats… politicians always love handouts and you folks are the best. I’m running for Mayor because even though I can’t see Tryon anymore, it sure smells great. All those good restaurants! And thanks for putting the water out. Just a few things I’m running on: 1) access to all fire hydrants 2) myself and my humans allowed in all Tryon shops 3) free treats for all Tryon dogs wherever and whenever. I’ve got a few more secret plans to end all war and create peace on earth. So I ask for your vote, early and often. You Tryon folks are the best! Charlotte – I work full time for Down to Earth Garden Center as the president of the Welcoming Committee. I promise to visit all Tryon businesses to ensure snacks and sips are available to all canines. Conan the Barbarian – I am the retired office dog of the Tryon Downtown Development Association. I decided work was too much to deal with in my old age and I’m a little ornery. As Dog Mayor, I plans to lead Tryon like the character I am named after… “to Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the women!” Cooter Ray – Campaign Platform: Keep Tryon Great! I love life on the farm where I spends my days chasing my best furry friends around. My favorite thing to do is to bark at the horses and donkeys and make sure they know I’m the boss. If elected, I promise to keep Tryon the friendliest town in America & give kisses for belly rubs! Cute Pie – Hello Tryonites and area folks, My name is Cutie Pie, and even though I’m 16 years old, I plan to be the first dog Mayor of Tryon, N.C. My campaign plan is to continue the great work of Foothills Humane Society by promoting the Spay and Neuter program. I’m no joker, when it comes to spaying and neutering, it’s not “ruff” thanks to the awesome Spay and Neuter program that Foothills Human Society offers areas pets. Granted, had my momma been spayed, I wouldn’t be here, but that’s “water under the bridge” as you humans say. Yes, you may recognize me as the TV star that I am-my career years were spent as the main canine character on the Discovery Channel’s hit show “Moonshiners.” When I retired from television, due to health issues (I’m diabetic, blind and have pancreatitis), Josh Owens made the best decision for me and now I reside with some awesome humans and one pain in the butt Maltese, Boo, in Tryon. Duchess – I represent the Foothills Humane Society in my campaign for Dog Mayor of Tryon! My platform is “No Dog Left Behind.” Come meet me at the shelter – I’m looking for my forever home! Gretel – My Campaign Slogan: God Bless the United States of Animal Lovers!! Harper – Don’t let my inexperience fool you! Even at the ripe young age of 4 months I am aware of the need for public restrooms in the heart of Downtown Tryon! This would allow all personal walkers and friends of your furry friends to “take a break” and spend more time downtown. Johnny – “HERE’S JOHNNY!” I came to Tryon like a lot of us, completely by accident. I needed a place to rehab after being found on the side of the road at the tender age of 3 months old with serious injuries. Thanks to Lennie’s Fund my surgery was paid for and through Foothills Humane Society I was on my way to a foster home in Tryon to recover and wait for my forever home. Well as soon as I arrived in this beautiful town with the friendliest caring people, I made it my mission to do whatever it took to stay right where I was. Did I mention there is an endless supply of squirrels to chase? My foster parents didn’t know of my master plan but it didn’t take long for them to become foster failures. I’ve been a resident of Tryon for 4 years and have done my best to chase every squirrel that comes across my path. I vow to continue that mission and to spread the word about supporting our local shelter and if you can’t adopt, please donate or volunteer. PS – I can also double as the Assistant Fire Chief; I know where every fire hydrant is in Tryon and beyond. Karl Lagerfeld – chihuahua I represent downtown shop – Bret Auston Flowers! My campaign slogan is “A Dog of the People” Kramer – My campaign slogan is “A chicken in every dog bowl yada yada yada.” Lucky – Tryon would be “LUCKY” to have me as their first dog mayor! Lady – “woof woof!” Mojo B. Pullaroy – My mayoral platform is “PET”icare for all! It could happen to anyone with a pet: You’ve always managed to give your pet the medical care they deserve, but because of unexpected circumstances, you’re faced with vet expenses that are far beyond your ability to afford them. I believe no pet or owner should suffer because medical care is out of reach. Enter, Peticare for all! Vet care should not be a privilege! If you see me enjoying time with my friends at the Tryon Bottle, you can ask me about this plan. I will also tell you the story of how I won the 2017 Tryon Pet Halloween costume contest. Oscar P. Hawkins – Real indePAWdent leadership! I will steal your heart… and your glasses! Patches – My name is Patches and about 1 year ago I choose to live on the ridge with the Trobaughs in Tryon. Have long velvety ears to rub and a smooth black and white coat that is a great match for Morris the Tryon Horse. I’ve never met a stranger and would be a great ambassador to our visitors. I am running under the platform of “Ambassador of Goodwill.” Rocky the Great – 8 year old Staffordshire Terrier – My campaign is simple: “Cheeseburgers for All!” Russell Lytle – My campaign slogan is “every dog has his day” Rusty Bunshine – My platform is for a better Tryon is Jobs and the Economy… who says a dog has to be the first dog mayor? Sedona – My campaign platform is to lower the legal age to marry as well as marriage equality. 18 is WAY too old for any animal to have to wait for marriage and I believe I should be allowed to marry anyone of my choosing. Truthfully, I have many boyfriends and need to settle down before my reputation precedes me. Tanssi – Keeping our planet clean is important! I encourage everyone to “SAVE THE PLANET -Cart IT” When you can! Plus – riding in a cart (golf cart, dog cart, bike cart, garden cart) is so much fun! My platform is to ask the city to have more CART parking so that everyone will be able to “cart it” bike it, walk it downtown and do their part in keeping our planet and town healthy!