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Friday, September 5, 2014

Bark and Rec Day featuring the Wiggle Butt 5k -- Four legs or two, this festival is for you!

On Sunday, Sept. 21 bring Fido and the whole family down to Harriet Island for a festival featuring all things canine and help raise money for a good cause.

The event kicks off at 9 a.m. with the Wiggle Butt 5K Fun Run, followed by the Wiggle Walk at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Midwest Animal Rescue and Services (MARS), a nonprofit which rescues, rehabilitates, and finds homes for homeless cats and dogs. Registration can be done online, or onsite starting at 8am.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., festival attendees and their four legged friends will have the chance to participate in dog-centric events like paw stamping, reading to dogs, Ask-A-Trainer, and a dog fashion show by Paw Valley Designs. Think you look like your dog? Participate in the dog lookalike contest!
The Saint Paul Police K-9 Unit, Minnesota Disc Dogs Club, and K-9 Search Midwest will be giving demonstrations throughout the day and festival vendors will display the latest in canine attire, nutrition, gadgets, and more. Food trucks will be onsite serving up your favorite festival fare and live music will play throughout the day.
The event also features several children’s activities including a bouncy house, climbing wall and face painting. Admission is free, but bring some cash for vendor booths and tasty treats for you and your pooch.
Your dog will have the chance to socialize with other four-legged friends in the off-leash dog area, but all dogs must be on a non-retractable leash six feet in length in all other areas of the park.
Bark and Rec Day featuring the Wiggle Butt 5K is made possible through a partnership between Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and MARS. If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor, please click here for more information.
2014 Schedule

8:00 a.m.               Onsite registration and packet pick up begins
9:00 a.m.               Wiggle Butt 5K Fun Run
9:30 a.m.               Wiggle Butt 5K Walk
8:45 – 9:30 a.m.     Music by Annie Wallick
10-2:00 p.m.          Bouncy house, climbing wall, art activities and face painting
10-10:30 a.m.        St. Paul Police K-9 Unit demonstration
10:30-10:40 a.m.    Peanut Butter Lick Contest
10:40-11:20 a.m.    Music by Whiskey Jacket
11:20-11:50 a.m.    K-9 Search Minnesota demonstration
11:30 a.m.             Dog and Owner Look-A-Like preliminaries
11:50-12:00 p.m.   Pie Eating Contest
12-12:30 p.m.        Dog Fashion Show by Paw Valley Designs
12:30-1:10 p.m.     Music by Tritone Black
1:10-1:25 p.m.       Dog and Owner Look-A-Like finals
1:25-1:55 p.m.       Minnesota Disc Dogs Club demonstration
1:55-2:00 p.m.       Wrap up ceremony

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