GARDINER — The 9th annual Barks in the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at Gardiner’s Waterfront Park on Commercial Street.

The day will be filled with events, demonstrations and a dog walk through historic downtown Gardiner. This event is not only to promote Gardiner as a dog-friendly community, but also to get the word out about some of the dog rescue groups and other service organizations in the area.

Rescue groups, vendors, Agility Central of Maine, Fly Ball Dogz and the Maine State Police K-9 unit will all be in attendance. The free event will feature activities dogs and their owners can participate in, including several contests (best dog kiss, best costume, and a look-alike contest), crafting with your dog, square dancing, a scent workshop, yoga with your dog, and education about animal health and welfare.

For more information, email [email protected], or call 582-3100.

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