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Bark in the park held Saturday

The Butler County Humane Society held their Bark in the Park event last Saturday, October 9, at Confederate Park in Greenville. The event was initially scheduled for Sunday, October 3, but was postponed due to rain.

During the event, fifteen dogs met at the park with their owners to enjoy a beautiful Saturday afternoon filled with good food, great company, and entertainment provided by Major Delay.

A pet contest was the conclusion to the fun-filled day. After paying a $5 entry fee, participants competed for the grand prize of a gift basket which included dog toys and treats and a $50 Wintzell’s gift certificate.

The Butler County Humane Society collected $75 in proceeds from the contest.

After presenting their beloved pets to a panel of judges, the judges questioned each participant about their dog. These questions ranged from what breed they were to what, if any, special skills they had.

After a short deliberation, the judges declared Mike Jackson and his Rottweiler, Jake, best in Show. Scott Bently and his dog, Angel, took second place.

Although the judges could only crown one grand prize winner, no one left the park empty-handed. Each dog was declared the winner of the other categories in the contest. These categories ranged from most well-behaved to best smile.

Jackson said he was delighted with his dog, Jake, being named Best in Show.

“I can say that I have a prize-winning dog now,” Jackson jokingly said. “I would have been happy even if Jake didn’t win. I was just happy to come out and support the humane society. It’s my first year coming to this event, but I’ll come back when they do something like this again.”

Event organizer Kimberly Matthews, Managing Director for the Butler County Humane Society, says Bark in the Park was a great success.

“I think things went very well,” Matthews said. “The weather was perfect for an event like this. Some of the people that participated were those that came to the park the day we canceled. We were delighted to see everyone that came having so much fun. Hopefully, things will go just as well when we do more events in the future.”