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City of Lancaster to Host Upcoming 25th Anniversary Bark at the Park

Four-Legged Friends and Their Owners Invited to Free Two-Day Event

Post Date:09/21/2017

Today, the City of Lancaster invited all well-behaved dogs and their owners to the 2017 Bark at the Park event, which will be held on October 7 and 8 at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park. The popular event offers two days of fun, education, and activities in a setting created just for dog-lovers and their best friends.

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bark at the Park event, which always serves as a great reminder of just how important pets can be to our happiness and overall health,” said City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This event is centered around dogs, but it is also an excellent venue for the members of our community to come together and enjoy each other’s company -- as well as the company of many four-legged friends.”

Bark at the Park started 25 years ago as a small Frisbee contest for dogs. It has since grown to encompass dozens of vendors, great food, entertainment and activities. Some of the activities offered during the two-day festival include: dog agility; lure coursing; obedience assessments; games; and a Fashion Parade sponsored by Blue Buffalo Pet Foods. A number of animal rescue groups and community organizations will also be onsite, providing information about animal care best practices and responsible dog ownership.

Every year, attendees help raise thousands of dollars at this hugely popular event. The proceeds, which are raised predominantly through raffles and contributions, will once again be donated to the Lancaster Animal Shelter.

“Pets are like family members; and what better way to show your appreciation for their unconditional love than bringing them with you to the park and watching them enjoy a weekend neither of you will soon forget,” said City of Lancaster Council Member Raj Malhi. “As an animal lover myself, I enjoy coming to this event and knowing that the two days of fun enjoyed by the community result in thousands of dollars to help sustain our local animal shelter – and for this I am grateful.”

All of the fun will take place Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free; and all polite, leashed dogs are welcome. Retractable leashes are not permitted and attending pets must be current with all necessary vaccinations.

For more information regarding Bark at the Park, contact the Lancaster Parks, Recreation and Arts Department at (661)723-6077 or visit

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