Barking at the Moon Festival is this Sunday at Fultondale's Bark Park
October 29, 2012 9:24 AM
Fultondale, Ala. --
The Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park will host the First Annual Barking at the Moon Festival and Parade, a family-dog -friendly event at the Fultondale Bark Park Sunday, Oct. 28 from 1-5 pm.
This is event aims at raising money for pet memorials and amenity improvements to the Fultondale Bark Park. The Bark Park is located behind the Children's Park off of Stout's Road in Fultondale, Ala.
The event is free and open to the public. There will be exhibitors, artists and dog rescue groups, a dog pageant, dog parade and dog and kid's costume contest. Entertainment will include blues singer Travis Bowlin of Nashville, Tenn., and singer songwriter Donita Gwyn Newman of Warrior, Ala. There also will be a performance by the Clog Wild Cloggers. The artwork for the event was created by New Orleans artist Jim Tweedy, Jim Tweedy's Friendly Doggies. Jim is well known in the art world for his dog and cat themed artwork.
The highlights of the event are the dog pageant and costume contest. There is a $5 per dog fee to enter the contest. To enter the contest, the Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park ask that dogs be up-to-date on their vaccinations. Contest forms can be downloaded from the Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park website (www.friendsoffultondalebarkpark.com) or onsite at the Festival. All dogs must be registered to participate in the pageant and contest 30 minutes before the it begins at 1:30 p.m. Prizes will be given for the Prettiest Dog, Most Challenged Dog, Best Dog Costume, and the Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park will crown a Dog King and Queen of the Barking at the Moon Festival. There also will be other dog-friendly activities.
"The Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park committee was formed earlier in the year to help raise money for dog memorials and to add amenities to the dog park. One of our committee members lost their dog so we are working together to help establish a permanent memorial at the park for lost dogs," said Phillip Loden, director of Fultondale Parks and Recreation and a Fultondale Bark Park Committee member. "One of the ways we are raising money is by hosting this free-family/dog Fall Festival at the Bark Park."
The Friends of the Fultondale Bark Park also partnered with the Fultondale Arts Council on the festival to encourage area artists to participate. Festival co-chairs are Kara Kennedy of the Fultondale Arts Council and Jamie Horsley of Myra's Pet Salon.
The event is being sponsored by The City of Fultondale, the Fultondale Arts Council, IberiaBank, Birmingham Coca-Cola, Jim Tweedy, Jim Tweedy's Friendly Doggies, North Jefferson News, Webb Payroll, Myra's Pet Salon, TMI Productions and Waldrep, Stewart & Kendrick, LLC.
Participating dog rescue groups, dog and art vendors include so far: Alabama Voters For Responsible Animal Legislation, Not Just A Burger, Pets in Stone, Renee Martin, Artist, Sports Clips, Barbara Dollar, Artist, Bob's Soon to Be Famous Pimento Cheese, All Creatures Pet Hospital, TAJ's Photography and Fine Arts, Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue, Linda Holt, Artist, Alabama Pug Rescue, Scrappy Pets- Artist, Carolyn Wass- Artist, Tiki Bar Soap, Clog Wild, Jernigan Healthcare, Alabama Partners for Clean Air, Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Dog Days of Birmingham, Peace Love Dog Paws Rescue, A&R Grooming, Dan Curry-Artist and Brad Strickland's DogWise USA.
Festival Line Up:
12:50 p.m. Line Up dogs, children and parade around the track of the Children's Park to open the Barking at the Moon Festival.
1:30-2:20 p.m. Dog Pageant and Costume Contest $5 per dog to enter dog costume contest. All dog contestants must be registered by 1:00 pm to participate in the pageant and contest. Ribbons given to winners; We will crown the king and queen dogs of the pageant!
2:30 p.m. Clog Wild Cloggers
3:15- 4:45 p.m. - Blues Singer Travis Bowlin and Donita Gwyn Newman perform. Travis is from Nashville and Donita is from Warrior (a board member of the Fultondale Arts Council).
More information can be found at the friends of Fultondale Bark Park Website at www.friendsoffultondalebarkpark.com