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​Enter Your Pooch for Top Dog Honors​

The festival is a signature event of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department to promote dog parks and will take place on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Rd. in Huntersville.

Last year, more than 50 photos were submitted. The winner was a two year old male Boxer named Cooper. The entry period this year runs March 8- March 24. Online registration is preferred with the entry fee of $15 payable by Visa or Mastercard. You may also register by mail (mail to: Top Dog Photo Contest c/o Katie Robinson, Tom Sykes Recreation Center, 1501 Euclid Ave., Charlotte, NC 28203). When you submit your entry, email the photo along with your name, address, phone number, your dog’s name, age and breed, and payment receipt number to

Judges will select three finalist photos for cleverness and originality. Finalists will be posted on for online voting, April 3- April 17. The Top Dog winner will be announced at Bark in the Park.

The Top Dog and owner will receive a year’s supply of dog food from Purina worth $299.98.

Interested in Becoming a Vendor at Bark in the Park?

Vendor registration for the 2013 Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival presented by Purina® and Harris Teeter is underway! If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please click here. The deadline to register is April 14.