Bark in the Park is this Saturday

Published 12:10 pm Wednesday, September 28, 2016

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – Pet owners and their canine friends will have a chance to get together while enjoying a slew of dog-friendly offerings this weekend at Alabaster’s Veterans Park.

The 10th annual Bark in the Park event, which is hosted by the Alabaster Parks and Recreation department and will benefit the Shelby Humane Society, will be held at Veterans Park off Alabama 119 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Admission is free, but all dogs are required to be on a leash.

Bark in the Park will feature pet photos, kids’ activities, an Auburn vs. Alabama fundraiser, pet ID tags, live music, food and treats for dogs and people, Smokey Sam’s Barbecue truck, Repicci’s Gelato truck, a Shelby Humane Society tent with T-shirts and donation opportunities and more.

This will mark the 10th anniversary for Alabaster’s Bark in the Park event, which has drawn thousands of pets and their owners over the years. The first Bark in the Park was held in October 2007 after the city and the Shelby Humane Society partnered to create the pet-centered festival.

The following is a tentative schedule of events for this year’s Bark in the Park. Times are subject to change without notice, according to the Parks and Recreation Department.


9 a.m. – Event begins


9-11 a.m. – Vaccine Clinic


9-11 a.m. – Microchipping


9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Shelby Humane Society adoptions


9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Vendor Row


9:30-10 a.m. – Birmingham Bandits


10-10:30 a.m. – Bama Airdogs


10:30-11 a.m. – Birmingham Bandits


11-11:45 a.m. – Animal Blessing


11-11:45 a.m. – Adoption Parade


11-11:45 a.m. – Costume Contest


11-11:45 a.m. – Trick Contest


11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Birmingham Bandits


12:30-1 p.m. – Weenie Dog Race


1-1:30 p.m. – Bama Airdogs


1:30-2 p.m. – Weenie Dog Race


2 p.m. – Event Ends