MOUNT VERNON — Dogs and their owners got to enjoy a crisp autumn morning Saturday at Wolf Run Regional Park for Barktoberfest, sponsored by the Knox County Park District.
The main event at Barktoberfest was the dog costume contest for 18 dogs and handlers who had pre-registered for the event. The top three costumes received gifts cards to We Luv Pets.
Alexandra Back, an eighth grader from Mount Vernon, was the judge for the contest. Back is involved with WAGS, Working Dogs Awareness Group, where she visits the animal shelter once a week and reads books to the dogs.
Nancy Radebaugh and her two dogs came in first place for their costume as prisoner and guard. Rue, a two year old German Shepherd, played the prisoner while Finnegan, a year old Belgian Shepherd, was the guard.
“I am a huge supporter of the park systems,” Radebaugh said as to why she decided to attend Barktoberfest. “I visit at least one of the parks every single weekend.”
She attended last year’s Barktoberfest but didn’t dress the dogs up. Their costumes this year, she said, fits each of their personalities.
Sydney Carter and Drew Crawford dressed their year and a half old hound mix Dexter up as a hot-dog for the contest.
“I’ve trying to do more stuff with the county parks,” Crawford said. The costume contest came up on an event list and they thought they would attend. Dexter’s hot-dog costume came from a garage sale.
“He had to get a couple treats to get him into it,” Crawford said, “But I think he’s okay with it now.”
Christine Hohman came with her dog Suzi, a 2 year old Austrian Shepherd dressed up as a scarecrow.
“I like to play with my dogs,” She answered when asked why she decided to do the costume contest. Suzi, she said, was the only one who would let her dress her up in a costume.
The third place winner was Tundra, a 5 year old Lab and Pomeranian mix. Tundra was dressed as a poop factory by owner Emily Wolff. Suzi took second place with her scarecrow costume.
Several other activities followed the costume contest including Nichole Chardigo who had a session called Tricks for Treats demonstrating commands and Cody Wright who led the Tails to Trails Dog Walk.
Several vendors were there including Dogs of Knox and the Knox County Animal Shelter with several adoptable dogs. A silent auction was held with the proceeds going to Dogs of Knox with the Knox County Animal Shelter.
A concession stand with lunch was provided by Friends of Brinkhaven who were taking donations to help with the playground.