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Bark In The Park

Harris Teeter/Purina ® "Bark in the Park:" Dogs and their owners are invited to William R. Davie Park on April 28

March 21, 2007

The third annual Harris Teeter/Purina® Bark in the Park dog festival invites "dogs and the people they own" to William R. Davie Park on Saturday, April 28. Charlotte's premier dog festival will take place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. William R. Davie Park is located at 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road (N.C. Highway 51) and is the site of Mecklenburg County's newest dog park.

Admission is free. All dogs should be on a leash. A "pooch pass" or vaccination records must be presented for a dog to enter the off-leash dog park.

Bark in the Park is a signature event of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department , which expects 7,000 people this year. Last year, the festival drew more than 6,200 people and their pets. The new dog park was built in part with money from last year's event - about $48,000. Proceeds from this year's festival will again help fund future dog parks.

The Ultimate Air Dogs, presented by Purina® will perform captivating feats of jumping, diving, and fetching. Dog owners are invited to join the Pooch Parade and contests such as Most Unique Dog, Best Bark, Biggest/Smallest Dog, Best Dog Trick, and Best Pet/Owner Look Alike. The festival will include many exhibits, dog products, adoptable dogs on display, food, fun and great dogs to see and greet.

The winning canine in the 2007 Harris Teeter/ Purina® Bark in the Park Top Dog Photo Contest will be honored as grand marshal of the Pooch Parade. The Top Dog will receive a photo portrait donated by Deborah Triplett Studios, a Harris Teeter/Purina® prize pack, a year’s supply of "yourpet" brand dog food. All finalists receive free dog park pooch passes and other honors. Rules and an entry form for the Top Dog Photo Contest are available here or by calling 704-336-7753. Contestants pay a $12 entry fee and submit a 4" X 5" photo of their dog by March 23. A panel of judges selects three finalists for cleverness and originality, and the public will vote online for the Top Dog at .

Mecklenburg County has four dog parks now with more in the plans. "Pooch Passes" for dog parks will be on sale at the festival with written proof of current vaccinations. Passes cost $35/year for county residents, $50/year for non residents. Dog parks operated by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department are popular places for dogs to run free and frolic in fenced meadows and woodlands. For further details and to sign-up for festival events, visit the website above or call 704-643-5725.

Park and Recreation seeks volunteer help for this event. Apply to Lori Saylor at 704-336-5478.

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