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Bark In the Park Saturday at Thomas Park

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Bark In the Park and the popular Chesterton’s European Market will be held together on Saturday, July 13.

The Duneland community residents and tourists are welcome to visit Third Street and Broadway in historic downtown Chesterton to experience Northwest Indiana’s premier outdoor artisan and farmers’ market and the Bark in the Park annual event. There is free admission to both events.

The Bark In the Park hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the race beginning at 7 a.m. There will be rescue groups, animal shelters, pet services with booths throughout the park. There will be contests for dogs and humans with judging and prizes at noon. Games and activities for dog, training obedience demonstrations, and pet-friendly activities will abound.

The 1 Mile Dog Stroll and 5k “Run With the Big Dogs” begins at 7 a.m. Dogs are invited to trot with their owners in this family friendly 5k run / 1k walk. Questions or more information about the event please contact Race Director Paul Stofko at

Bark is the Park is sponsored by Duneland Business Initiative Group and held at Thomas Centennial Park in Chesterton.

The music on Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Grammy Contender, jazz keyboard enthusiast and composer Keenan Baxter.

The Market boasts more than 90 merchants, live musical performances by Keenan Baxter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., fresh food served on-site throughout the day and plenty of opportunities to enjoy gatherings with friends and family at picnic tables in nearby Thomas Centennial Park.

New to the market this year will be downtown Chesterton merchant Chelle’s, as well as TAJ Indian Curry House and Valpo Shrimp Company Š a local business that raises salt-water shrimp for local restaurants. Market favorites Bit of Swiss, Rolling Stonebaker, Espress Yourself, Good to Go by Lucrezia, Butler Winery, Ivy’s Catering, Ben’s Soft Pretzels, Lehman’s Orchard, Flagel’s Sugarhouse, Pa’s Workshop and Marilyn’s Pies also will be returning.

While booth space at the Market is nearly booked for the entire season, a few spaces remain in October.

“We’re always open to receiving applications, since sometimes our scheduled merchants have conflicts and can’t attend,” said Allyson Baughman, marketing director for the Duneland Chamber of Commerce. “We especially love seeing applicants with new or unusual products Š especially savory food items.

For more information about applying to or visiting Chesterton’s European Market, please call the Chamber office at (219) 926-5513, visit, or email



Posted 7/10/2013