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Frequently Asked Questions


How much does it cost to attend Bark in the Park?

Pre-registration for adults age 16 and over is just $25 through 9/5/19.  After that, you can register at the event for $30.  Children under 16 are free, and must be accompanied by a registered adult.


Will I receive a Bark in the Park t-shirt?

If you register early, by 8/1/19, you will be guaranteed to receive a Bark t-shirt in your choice of size.  For registrations after 8/1/19, t-shirts will be given out as supplies last, but cannot be guaranteed.  So register early!


Is registration required to attend the Bark in the Park?  What if I just want to come and walk/look around?

The Bark in the Park is first and foremost a fundraiser to help animals in our community!  Therefore, all attendees 16 and over pay the $25 or $30 registration fee.  Kids under 16 are free, with a registered adult.  We provide you with a fun day for coming and helping us raise money for the animals!


Do I have to register online?

Pre-Registration is online.  If you experience a problem registering online, please feel free to contact us at 309-682-9015.


Do I have to register in advance?

You're welcome to register on-site at the event.  However, you can save time & money by registering in advance.


Where is Bark in the Park held?

In Festival Park on the Peoria riverfront.  Event entrance and Event-day Registration is at the Gateway Building, intersection of Hamilton Blvd & Water Street.


Can I bring my dog?

Of course!  There will be tons of fun activities for both you and your canine best friend to enjoy!


I have two dogs.  Can I bring them both?

Each person registered for the event may bring/handle one dog.  Ask a friend or family member to join you by registering for the event and walking with your other dog.  This policy is for the safety of all participants – both human & canine. 


Do I have to bring a dog?

No furry friend?  Your dog doesn’t do well in crowds?  No problem!  Join us at Bark in the Park and get lots of lovin’ from other pooches in attendance.  It’s all for a great cause!


Can I use a retractable leash?

No retractable leashes please.  Dogs should be kept on a 6 ft. or shorter leash while at the event.


My new puppy would love to attend Bark in the Park.  Is that okay?

We recommend that puppies younger than six months wait til next year to attend Bark in the Park.  The stress of the event and the company of so many other dogs may be too much for your little guy or gal. 


Can I bring my cat or other pet?

For your safety and the safety of your pet, dogs only please.


Do I have to participate in the “Walk for Animals” to attend Bark in the Park?

You’re welcome to skip the Walk and just enjoy the festivities in the park.  There’ll be plenty to do and see! However, we love to see a huge gathering of animal lovers and their pooches step out on the Walk for Animals - in support of the less fortunate animals in our community.


How long is the Walk for Animals?

The full Walk route is 1 ½ miles, but you can walk as much of the route as you like, or choose to not walk at all.


Do I have to raise pledges?

Raising pledges isn’t required, but it's certainly appreciated! Collecting pledges from friends, family, and co-workers can tremendously increase the fundraising potential of the Bark and enables us to do even more to help animals in need! Click here to create your personal fundraiser page.


Can I volunteer at Bark in the Park?

Yes!  Lots of volunteers are needed! Contact our volunteer coordinator at 309-682-9015 or for more info on volunteering.


How old do volunteers need to be?

Volunteers have to be at least 16 years old.


If I volunteer at Bark, can I bring my dog?

Volunteers may not have their dogs with them while volunteering at the event.  You’re going to need your hands for other things!


Will there be food vendors at the Bark?

Local food vendors will be there with lots of yummy food for sale!


Will there be water available for dogs & people?

Several water tents will be set up to provide fresh, cold drinking water for you and your dog!  If it’s a hot day, we’ll have swimming pools to keep the dogs cool.


When & where do I pick up my Bark t-shirt?

T-Shirt Pick-Up will be held:

Saturday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - at the Peoria Humane Society, 2600 NE Perry, Peoria


Thursday, September 5, 2:00 noon - 6:00 p.m. - Petsmart, 208 River Rd, East Peoria, IL


Can I register for the event at T-Shirt Pick-up?

Yes, you are welcome to register at T-shirt Pick up!


How do I get a complimentary souvenir photo taken of myself & my dog?

The complimentary photo is a fun perk for registering for Bark!  Everyone who registers can have their photo taken at the event by one of our professional photographers.


Are credit cards accepted at Bark in the Park?

Yes, credit and debit cards will be accepted at Registration, Raffles,  and Merchandise Sales. 


What if it rains?

The Bark goes on rain or shine!  Only in case of severe or dangerous weather, the event may be cancelled or cut short.


What is the Mutt Show?

The Great American Marvelous Mutt Show is a hilariously fun canine talent show for any and all the dogs at the Bark to compete in!  You can sign up your marvelous mutt for the show when you arrive.