Cope, a 2-year-old Great Dane, gets a bath from volunteers Laura Jones (right) and Scott Kuhnen, 15, at the Bark in the Park event at Maple Park, last year. This year's Bark in the Park is Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes the dog wash, and much more for humans and dogs.

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Cope, a 2-year-old Great Dane, gets a bath from volunteers Laura Jones (right) and Scott Kuhnen, 15, at the Bark in the Park event at Maple Park, last year. This year's Bark in the Park is Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and includes the dog wash, and much more for humans and dogs.

Bark in the Park is a doggone good time

By Robert Kelly - Goss

The Daily Advance

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Bow, wow, wow, wow.

That’s the clarion call to all dog owners looking for a good time with their canines this weekend while supporting a doggone good cause, the Currituck Animal Shelter.

This is the fifth annual Bark in the Park at Maple Park happening all day Saturday. This is the fundraiser that will help the folks in Currituck raise money toward providing a home for homeless pets.

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“It was conceived originally as an event to not only raise money for the animals at the Currituck Animal Shelter, but to help gain respect for the family dogs,” writes Ginger Sikes, president of the Animal Lovers Assistant League in an email.

The event will include a number of activities. There will be the Doggie and People Musical Stroll, with prizes included.

There will be demonstrations by the Flying Jacks. Or perhaps you might enjoy the Doggie Ice Cream Eating Contest.

There will also be Hot Dog Bobbing and the Hot Diggity Dog Races. And you can memorialize your day at this event with pet portraits.

But perhaps the biggest event of the day will be the Fun Dog Show that includes a number of events. The show registration fee is $5 per dog or three dogs for $12. Each event in the show also requires a $2 entrance fee.

The Fun Dog Show categories are: Happiest Tail Wagger; Longest Ears, Tongue, Tail; Most Tricks/Spots/Wrinkles; Best Owner/Dog Look Alike; Best Dressed for: Halloween, a Night on the Town, Sports, Motorcycle Ride, Law Enforcement, Military,

Mythical Characters, a Pirate; Best Nourished, Kisser, Behaved, Dancer on 2 Legs, Smile, Personality; Friendliest; Longest Sit-up; Curliest Tail; Biggest/Smallest Dog; Shortest Legs; Fetch; Most Regal Appearance; Cutest and others.

There will also be face painting for the kids, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and a variety of vendors, food, more games and a dog wash.

Sikes states that in the past four years the event has grown in popularity. In the beginning, Bark in the Park drew less than 100 people and their dogs, but has grown to an estimated 500 attendees, “most with their dogs.”

It’s a dog lover’s paradise for a day.

She estimates that with good weather — Saturday is predicted to be sunny with a high of 71 degrees — attendance this year should be higher.

Bark in the Park is a volunteer effort. This year volunteers include The Boy Scouts, The Girl Scouts, the Currituck County High School Beta Club and the Currituck County Middle School Future Business Leaders of America Club.

The event happens Saturday at Maple Park in Currituck County, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

For more information call 252-232-3696 or go to www.CurrituckAnimalLovers.org.