She approached the Cancer Society, which set up a website for her (www.relayforlife.org/BarkVermilionIL).
The pre-registration fee of $25 (or $40 for two dogs) gives people access to all of the morning activities. Owners and their dogs will be able to walk the trails at the park, visit the vendors’ tables, watch obedience demonstrations and take part in contests.
If you don’t want to bring your own dog, Bell said CARA (a no-kill shelter) will have dogs that need to be walked.
The event will start at 8 a.m. with an opening ceremony, with Mayor Scott Eisenhauer speaking. Greg Donath, an ordained minister, will bless the animals. Coffee and donuts will be for sale.
A costume contest will start about 9 a.m. Dogs can dress up however they like, and also enter other contests, such as cutest tail wagger and owner/dog look-alike.
Stateline Hillcrest Animal Hospital will clip dogs’ nails at no charge. Ron Payne of St. Joseph will take pet photos for a fee.
Obedience demonstrations will be offered, as well, within the fenced Fetch Dog Park. The dog park is located within Espenscheid Park.
Bell said she and her helpers are collecting donations for raffles.
The event will be held rain or shine. Dogs must be on a leash, and must have vaccines up to date. People must clean up after their pets.
Besides helping the Cancer Society, Bell said of the event, “It’s time well spent with your four-legged best friend.”
Bell also is founder of Beauty of Hope, a nonprofit pageant that raises money for families in need. Girls who have won the contest have been helping Bell put on Bark for Life.
How to get there
Turn north onto North Kimball Street from East Voorhees at MH Equipment Co., and follow signs to Fetch Dog Park. The park is located at the end of the dirt lane.
FYI To register or to sign up as a vendor, go to www.relayforlife.org/BarkVermilionIL or call Laura Bell at (765) 277-1254 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Pre-registration cost is $25; on the day of the event, the cost is $35. Register two dogs for $40 (or day of event, $60). All proceeds go to the Cancer Society.