This is one barking good time.

The 13th annual Bandshell Bark will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Roxbury Bandshell in Roxbury Park along Franklin Street in Johnstown.

The event is a dog walk fundraiser to support the Roxbury Bandshell Preservation Alliance and canine-related local projects.

“Support for the event has been overwhelming in the past 12 years, and we are even more excited for this year’s event,” said Eileen Graham, event chairwoman. “Having this unique event to allow a day for the dogs is really fun for everyone involved – pet owners, vendors and event spectators.”

After a walk down the red carpet, dogs and their owners will walk four times around the park.

The walk ends with a finish line festival complete with musical entertainment, food, refreshments and dog photos opportunities provided by Judy Crookston Photography.

There also will be information on the services of local pet and non-pet-related organizations.

“Our goal is to have 100-plus dogs at the park this year,” Graham said.

Demonstrations will be provided by Johnstown Police Department’s K-9 Unit beginning at 12:30 p.m.

At 1:15 p.m., there will be a pet contest, which includes categories in best dressed, cutest canine, best dancer, longest kiss, tremendously talented, most mannered, bust costume and best barker.

There also will be a team spirit contest for local high school students and their four-legged friends. Students are encouraged to display school spirit and dress their dog as their high school mascot.

Returning this year is the wiener dog races and wiener dog wannabe races. Participants are encouraged to dress their canine friends up as a hot dog.

In addition, the dog kissing booth will be available to smooch your pooch.

A new vendor to the event is Johnstown Concert Ballet, which will be selling tutus for dogs as a fundraiser for the dance school.

Winners of the baskets of chance will be announced at 2:30 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Cambria County.

“They really need the support of the local community to do what they do – shelter and care for animals until they find their furever homes,” Graham said. “I hope by including them in this year’s funding, it will help them continue to take care of animals that ultimately take care of us humans.”

There is a $15 per dog registration fee. For an additional $12, participants can purchase a commemorative anniversary Bandshell Bark T-shirt.

Participant registration forms are available at www.roxburybandshell.com.

A rain date of Sept. 22 has been set in case of inclement weather.

A few guidelines will be in effect for the Bandshell Bark:

• There should be no more than two friendly dogs per person, and all dogs at the park must be registered and pay the sign-up fee.

• Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

• Dogs must be kept off the sports fields in the center of the park, and a 6-foot or shorter nonretractable leash should be used.

• Dogs must be licensed, have current identification tags and are up-to-date on required shots.

For more information on the event, call 814-241-9004 or email the_bandshell_bark@yahoo.com.

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.

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