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ONLINE VOTING STARTS APRIL 1 FOR “TOP DOG”FINALISTS FOR PEDIGREE® BARK IN THE PARK FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY FOOD LION

March 31, 2009

Charlotte, NC— Judges have chosen three finalists in the Park and Recreation Top Dog Photo Contest, part of the 2009 Pedigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion. Dog lovers may cast votes online for Top Dog at the Top Dog Photo page  Online voting runs April 1 (at 8am) through April 19 (until 5pm). The winner will be announced April 20 at 12 noon on the website.

The three finalist photos were chosen for cleverness and originality by a panel of judges from 59 entries.  The contest is part of the Pedigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion on Saturday, April 25 from 10am-4pm at a new location this year: Metrolina Expo, 7100 Statesville Road (off Sunset Road, exit 16 of I-77). The new location has plenty of space and free parking. Admission is FREE for dogs and people.

The Top Dog and his/her master will be the grand marshals of the WAXN Pooch Parade at this year’s Bark in the Park, receive a pet photo portrait by Deborah Triplett, a year’s supply of dog food, and be the poster dog for next year’s festival logo.

The Perigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion is expected to draw thousands of “dogs and the people they own.” Last year about 13-thousand people attended, most with dogs. The festival features contests for Pet/Owner Look-a-Like, Best Costume, Best Bark, Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, and Best Trick, plus new contests this year for Frisbee Catching and Freestyle routines. Register for these events at the festival. Included again this year are many exhibits, dog products, adoptable dogs, prize drawings and many great dogs to see and greet!  All dogs on a leash, please. For more information, check www.parkandrec.com or call 311.



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