HUNTERSVILLE – Historic Rural Hill this weekend will host the 8th Annual Bark in the Park Top Dog Festival – a festival for dogs and the people they own. This year’s festival runs Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes a
The event includes the annual Top Dog Photo Contest – Cooper, a 2-year old Boxer, was named the top dog April 23, after being picked as one of three finalists. Other finalists were: McGrady (5-year old Australian Shepherd), and Nala (3-year old Blue Tick Walker mix). (See the official announcement of the winner.)
Cooper and master will be the grand marshals of the Pooch Parade. They also get a free pet portrait by Tianna Fisher, a year’s supply of dog food and Cooper will be the poster dog for next year’s festival.
The festival is one of the major annual events organized by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. All proceeds go to the county’s off-leash dog parks. The festival also offers dog adoptions.
Festival entry and parking are free. The event will occur rain or shine.
At the event, enter and/or enjoy contests for best costume, best bark, largest dog, smallest dog, best trick, throw & catch, and disc long-shot catch, watch the Pooch Parade of Adoptable Dogs, enjoy exhibits, dog products, prize drawings, musical entertainment (Gigi Dover and the Big Love), good food and more!
Explore the grounds of Rural Hill with your dog(s) on the vast walking trails and open fields of this magnificent 265 acre setting. Along the way, learn about the local history and the Davidson family who settled here. Rural Hill has eight historic structures on site and three additional buildings of historic likeness to the original farm. You can begin your journey back in time down the old Mill Lane, an historic road that dates back to when John and Violet Davidson and others used it to come and go at Rural Hill.