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Bark in the Park Saturday

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On Saturday, July 13, the Duneland Business Initiative Group will sponsor the sixth annual Bark in the Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Thomas Centennial Park in Downtown Chesterton. Admission is free.

Start your day early with the 5K Run With the Big Dogs and one mile Stroll. Owners are encouraged to run or walk with their dogs for even more fun!

Registration is from 6-6:45 a.m., and the race begins at 7 a.m. The race will start and end in the Duneland Resale parking lot at 8th & Broadway.

Go to for more details, and registration form, or call Race Director, Paul Stofko, at (219) 873-6296, or email:

Do you and your pooch bear a physical resemblance to each other? Can you do a good Lassie-bark? Does your new dog know some old tricks? Then brush that coat, and polish those nails and put your best paw forward to vie for valuable prizes in fun contests that will run from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on the southeast side of the Thomas Park Bandstand. No registration is necessary, and contests are free to enter.

Contest prizes are provided by Chesterton Feed and Garden, Chesterton Walgreens, and the Duneland Business Initiative Group.

New this year, is the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program testing, conducted by local resident, Irene Klute. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Both K-9s and kids will have a blast splashing and looking for the lucky duck in the Duck Hunt game where every player wins a prize.

And you’ve got to stop by the PawCasso booth where your pooch can paint a masterpiece just for you. Games and activities will have a nominal fee. All proceeds go to support this event.

Enjoy a pet-friendly day in the park and visit with over 35 booths featuring local shelters, and regional pet rescue organizations, specialized pet services in the area, and pet merchandise and treats. There will be training and obedience demonstrations at various times during the day.

The Chesterton Police K-9s and the Porter Fire Department K-9 will demonstrate how they assist the officers in keeping Duneland safe.

Take home a photo remembrance of the day from Maximus Bolo; or check into an heirloom ceramic paw impression plaque by Heartfull Impressions; and Smoochie Pooch will be offering free nail clipping.

Many water bowls will be placed around the park and a special water mist area will be available at the southeast end of the park for overheated hounds and humans.

There will always be something going on, so come on out to the park for some doggone good fun!

For more information, go to, visit DBIG Facebook, or call Laura at (219) 617-1742.

Bark in the Park is financially supported by an Indiana Dunes Promotion Grant. Info at


Posted 7/12/2013