By CHERIL VERNON
Dog lovers will be able to enjoy agility demonstrations, dog tricks, mini dog races and more during BARC, The Humane Society’s BARCfest Saturday. The event also will include family-friendly activities such as classic cars, a juried art show, petting zoo, face painting and more.
BARCfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Expo Center on U.S. 287 North.
“Bring your family out for a day of fun with friends and, well, man’s best friend,” BARCfest event coordinator Pam Smith said. “Guy Mayberry’s Second Spin Rescue Dogs will show off their high flying Frisbee™ antics. Bill McFarlin and Star from America’s Greatest Dog TV show will be there with tricks and training tips. BARC’s new dog groomer, Rachel Sharp, will be there with grooming tips and clipping nails.”
As in past BARC events, CM Streek Agility Training Center will put on an agility demonstration for those in attendance.
The public is welcome to bring their dogs as long as they are vaccinated, social and on a leash.
“Don’t have a dog? BARC shelter dogs will be there looking for loving homes,” Smith said. “All the lucky BARCfest dogs for adoption have gotten sponsors, so adoption fees will only be $35. That includes spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines.”
Palestine Middle School students’ artwork will be featured in a juried art show during the event. The students were asked to draw their pet or a pet they would like to have.
“They really created some wonderful art work. The judges had a hard time picking the winners,” Smith said.
Twenty pieces of artwork were chosen by PMS art teacher Jacqui Hamel out of more than 100 entries to be on display at BARCfest. Winners will be announced at the event. Ribbons will be awarded for best in show, second place, third place and honorable mention.
Lee Loveless Photography will be taking fun costume photos during BARCfest.
“Get the whole family into silly costumes for the shot, wouldn’t that make a great family photo?” Smith said.
Mini dog races for dogs under 20 pounds will start at 12:30 p.m. Winners will go on to the semi finals and then the finals. Dog owners must be there to register their dog before the first race.
“We even have something special for the dads — members of Cars of Palestine will have their classic vehicles on display,” Smith said.
Attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorite car or truck by dropping a dollar into that vehicle’s donation bucket. All donations go to BARC.
The concession stand will sell barbecue sandwiches and hot dog lunches.
“We urge everyone to come join the fun,” Smith said. “The dogs are going to be frisky and ready to run and we promise fun for all.”
Admission is $2 per person. The event will be held rain or shine under the pavilion.