Gardiner Main Street will host its 7th annual Barks in the Park event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Gardiner’s Waterfront Park, according to a news release from Gardiner Main Street.

There will be events, demonstrations and a dog walk through downtown Gardiner.

“This event is not only to promote Gardiner as a dog friendly community, but to get the word out about some of the dog rescue groups and other service organizations in the area,” Gardiner Main Street’s Patrick Wright said in the release.

Rescue groups, vendors, Agility Central of Maine, Fly Ball Dogz and the Maine State Police K9 unit will all be in attendance.

New to this year’s event is Doggy Guru with Penny, “Why Does My Dog Do That?” and “Life & Times of an Animal Communicator” with Kathryn Drage.

The event is free with activities for dogs and their owners which will include several contests (Best Dog Kiss, Best Costume and a Look-alike Contest) and education about animal health and welfare.

“This is a great opportunity for dog lovers to come together for a day of fun with each other and their pooches,” said Wright according to the release.

Donations will be accepted on site for the development of a new dog park in Gardiner. To date, the Main Street organization has saved close to $3,800 in seed money to create a dog park.

For more information, about the event, visit gardinermainstreet.org, email [email protected] or call 592-9400.

For more information about Gardiner Main Street, contact [email protected] or 582-3100.

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