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Charlotte, NC— Dog lovers may cast votes online April 1 (at 8am) - April 16 (until 5pm) for the Top Dog of the 2010 Pedigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion. Go to and click on the dog festival logo. Judges have chosen three finalists candidates, whose photos are shown below: Conan, McKinley and Zane. Online voting will determine the Top Dog, to be announced April 19 (at 12 noon) on the website.

These three finalist photos were chosen for cleverness and originality by a panel of judges from 75 entries. The contest is part of the Bark in the Park Dog Festival, a signature event of Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department on Saturday, April 24, 10am-4pm at Metrolina Expo, 7100 Statesville Road (off Sunset Road, exit 16 off I-77). Metrolina Expo has plenty of space and free parking. It drew many plaudits last year from people who attended. Admission is FREE for dogs and people.

The Top Dog and master will be the grand marshals of the Pooch Parade at Bark in the Park and will receive a pet photo portrait by Tianna Fisher, a year’s supply of dog food, and the dog will be poster dog for next year’s festival logo. Bark in the Park is “for dogs and the people they own!”

The Pedigree® Bark in the Park Dog Festival presented by Food Lion drew 14,500 people last year, most with dogs. The festival features contests like Best Costume, Best Bark, Largest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Trick, Disc Throw and Catch, and Disc Long-Shot Catch. Register for contests at the festival. Included this year will be 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 or call 311.