HARRISONBURG — Officials with the local Boys & Girls Club were brainstorming ideas for how to raise money when a simple concept struck: Take two things people like and put them together.
The result is a dog show happening today at the Turner Pavilion on South Liberty Street across from the Daily News-Record.
“We know that people like dogs and people like kids, so why not have a dog show that raises money for kids?” said Kay Harrison, a member of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
Bark in the Park runs from 4 to 8 p.m. and will include food, beer and wine for sale in addition to the competition.
The family-friendly event is free to attend, but there is an entry fee if you want to participate in the contest.
Categories include Best “Mixed-Up” Breed, Waggiest Tail, Dog the Judge Would Most Like To Take Home, Most Personality, Dog/Owner Look-Alike, Face Only a Mother Could Love, Best Costume, Best Trick or Talent, Saddest Face, Best Groomed and Best in Show.
Judges will be Drs. Jerri Alexiou and John Glick and Jay Webb, a weatherman for WHSV-TV3.
It costs $10 to enter one category and $5 per additional category. Dogs must be leashed.
All proceeds go to the club, which runs after-school programs for youth in the community at city and county schools and its headquarters at the Lucy Simms Center.
Organizers hope to make Bark in the Park an annual event.
“This is our first year, and so we really have no idea what to expect … but what we’re hoping is it’s a good day for dogs, a good day for kids and it’s something we can build upon in future years,” Harrison said.