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Details about Bark in the Park 2019


Bark in the Park is September 8, 2019 from 11am-3pm at Festival Park on the Peoria Riverfront.



Pre-registration fee - $25 

Event Day Registration fee - $30. 
Bark T-shirts and sizes will be guaranteed if registered by 8/1/19, after 8/1/19 t-shirts & sizes available as supplies last.

Each registration receives a Bark t-shirt & bandana (as supplies last), souvenir photo & may bring one dog. However, bringing your dog is optional. You can participate in & enjoy the event without a dog!

All event attendees 16 and over are required to pay the registration fee of $25 ($30 on event day). 
Children under 16 are free, and must be accompanied by a registered adult.

Schedule of Events

10:45   Event-day registration opens

11:00   Activities begin!

11:00 - 12:15 - Marvelous Mutt Show sign-up (behind stage)

12:00 - The "Bark Walk" begins along the Riverfront

12:30 - Great American Marvelous Mutt Show begins

  2:00   Raffle ticket sales end

            Winners announced shortly after!





Marvelous Mutt Show - Mixed breed or purebred - all pooches are invited to show off their talents at a dog show celebrating marvelous mutts! 

Kids Activity Center - Face painting, stuffed animal adoptions, educational activities.

Pawprint Painting - Volunteers will help your dog create a special commemorative pawprint painting to take home.

Professional Photo - We'll take a souvenir photo of you and your dog!

Cash Raffle - Enter to win $100, $250, $500 cash!

Raffle tent - Win one of our fabulous raffle baskets! Tickets are $2 each or 12/$20. 

Exhibitor/Vendor Booths - Browse the various animal related vendors for great information, give-aways, or to purchase their products.  There will also be adoption agencies present with adoptable dogs!

Walk for Animals - Join other animal lovers & dogs as they step out together to "walk for animals" along the riverfront.

Nail Trimming - Get a nail trim for your dog by a professional groomer for a small donation to Bark!

Food - Great food provided by local food vendors!


Great American Marvelous Mutt Show

Can Sheba sing?  Does Dudley dance?  Do you have a talented terrier? Well, get your clever canine registered for Bark and ready to strut their stuff at the show!   Check back for Marvelous Mutt Show categories to be announced soon!  


T shirt Pick up

Saturday, August 31, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Peoria Humane Society, 2600 NE Perry, Peoria, IL


Thursday, September 5, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Location:  Petsmart, 208 River Rd, East Peoria, IL


Rules and Recommendations

For Safety's Sake, Please:

- Use good judgement regarding temperament of your pet so that the event is enjoyable for everyone.

- Don't bring a dog whose behavior could be dangerous to others.  Event officials reserve the right to refuse entry to aggressive or 

  unruly dogs. 

- Walk the course with your dog only if both of you are conditioned for it.

- For safety reasons, ONLY ONE DOG per person.

- All dogs must have current rabies vaccinations and wear rabies tags - ID tags are also recommended.

- For health reasons, your puppy should be at least 6 months old and fully vaccinated.

All dogs must be on a 6ft or shorter leash for the duration of the event, no retractable leashes.

- Do not bring a female dog in heat

- No cats or other pets

- No skateboards, bikes, or roller blades.  Wagons and strollers are welcome.

- Be courteous and responsible. Please scoop up after your pet.  Pick up bags will be available throughout the park.



Peoria Riverfront Festival Park