Volunteers pause in their work at Cindy's Memorial Bark Park in Port Vue. (Photo via Facebook)
Kids in kindergarten through sixth grade are being encouraged to compete in a coloring and art contest sponsored as part of the third-annual "Bark in the Park."
The annual event at Romine Avenue Fields, Port Vue, raises money for Cindy's Memorial Bark Park, a three-acre dog park that is currently being completed near the Port Vue Athletic Association off of Portsmouth Drive.
Scheduled for 12 to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, this year's Bark in the Park will feature craft and pet supply vendors, food trucks, games, face painting, "pet stenciling," photos with pets, "make and take" crafts for kids, raffles, an "Ask the Vet" booth and a pet supply drive for the Hello Bully pit bull rescue project.
Events tentatively include a "blessing of the pets" at 12:30 p.m., a "tricks for treats" contest at 1:30, a "cutest canine costume contest" at 2 p.m., field games for kids at 2:30 p.m., a police K-9 demonstration at 3:30 p.m.
Entries for the art and coloring contest should be dropped off before 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at 4:30 p.m.
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The bark park is being built in memory of Cynthia McGraw-Davic, a pet lover and animal advocate who died Oct. 5, 2015, of small-cell lung cancer at age 46.
The bark park committee is raising money to support ongoing operation and maintenance of the park following its completion, and recently announced on Facebook that customized brick pavers are being sold for the entrance of the park.
A spokeswoman said donors can choose to memorialize a pet, celebrate a dog lover in their lives, or honor a family or business. The requested donation is $90 for an engraved four-by-eight inch brick, or $120 for an engraved eight-by-eight inch paver.
Originally published September 17, 2018.