On Saturday, July 13, the Duneland Business Initiative Group will sponsor
the sixth annual Bark in the Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Thomas
Centennial Park in Downtown Chesterton. Admission is free.
Start your day early with the 5K Run With the Big Dogs and one mile Stroll.
Owners are encouraged to run or walk with their dogs for even more fun!
Registration is from 6-6:45 a.m., and the race begins at 7 a.m. The race
will start and end in the Duneland Resale parking lot at 8th & Broadway.
for more details, and registration form, or call Race Director, Paul Stofko,
at (219) 873-6296, or email: Stofko121@yahoo.com.
Do you and your pooch bear a physical resemblance to each other? Can you do
a good Lassie-bark? Does your new dog know some old tricks? Then brush that
coat, and polish those nails and put your best paw forward to vie for
valuable prizes in fun contests that will run from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on the
southeast side of the Thomas Park Bandstand. No registration is necessary,
and contests are free to enter.
Contest prizes are provided by Chesterton Feed and Garden, Chesterton
Walgreens, and the Duneland Business Initiative Group.
New this year, is the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program testing, conducted by
local resident, Irene Klute. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part
program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good
manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a
certificate from the American Kennel Club.
Both K-9s and kids will have a blast splashing and looking for the lucky
duck in the Duck Hunt game where every player wins a prize.
And you’ve got to stop by the PawCasso booth where your pooch can paint a
masterpiece just for you. Games and activities will have a nominal fee. All
proceeds go to support this event.
Enjoy a pet-friendly day in the park and visit with over 35 booths featuring
local shelters, and regional pet rescue organizations, specialized pet
services in the area, and pet merchandise and treats. There will be training
and obedience demonstrations at various times during the day.
The Chesterton Police K-9s and the Porter Fire Department K-9 will
demonstrate how they assist the officers in keeping Duneland safe.
Take home a photo remembrance of the day from Maximus Bolo; or check into an
heirloom ceramic paw impression plaque by Heartfull Impressions; and
Smoochie Pooch will be offering free nail clipping.
Many water bowls will be placed around the park and a special water mist
area will be available at the southeast end of the park for overheated
hounds and humans.
There will always be something going on, so come on out to the park for some
doggone good fun!
For more information, go to