Countdown to 20th Anniversary of Bark at the Park!

This year’s Bark at the Park will feature the red carpet of “Doggywood,” where dogs and their owners can pose for pictures by the “PUParazzi.” Organizers gave a preview Wednesday.

LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster is once again ramping up for its annual celebration of man’s best friend.

“This year we’re really excited to announce the 20th Anniversary of Lancaster’s Bark at the Park…” said Parks and Recreation Director Ronda Perez at a press conference Wednesday.  “We have lots of wonderful activities planned for your canine and you.”

To mark the 20th Anniversary of Bark at the Park, the city is offering two tail-wagging days of fun this year.

Bark at the Park will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday Oct. 7 at Lancaster City Park, located at 43011 10th Street West in Lancaster.

The event is free and open to the public.

“Bark at the Park is a great event for dog-owners, both new and experienced,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “There’s always something new to learn for both pets and their masters.”

“Everyone who takes the time to bring their pet and loves their pet is here,” said City Manager Mark Bozigian. “The community spirit of this event is second to none.”

What started as a quaint Frisbee contest for dogs has evolved into a large scale community-gathering event featuring more than 60 vendors, food and entertainment, educational information and fun for the entire family.

This year’s Bark at the Park will offer numerous activities and challenges, including a Disc Dog Competition, Race the Wind, Urban Sledding, Lure Coursing and the ever-popular Man’s Best Friend Contest.

Other onsite games include Barks and Crafts, Duck Hunt, Diva Dogs, Chase Yer Tail, Pawcasso, Bobbing for Tennis Balls, Cat-A-Pult, Finders Keepers, Canineistein and much more.

Kyra Sundance and her Precision Stunt Dog Team will be at Bark at the Park. Sundance and dog, Jadie, gave a preview Wednesday.

There will also be a Pet Fashion Parade hosted by the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles County.

Oscar-nominated actress and public figure Linda Blair will be a special guest at Bark at the Park. Blair will speak about her efforts to prevent animal cruelty in America through her World Heart Foundation.

“High Desert Obedience Club will be available onsite promoting responsible dog ownership and showing owners a variety of skills, such as how to remain in control of their dogs and helping them behave in crowds,” said Parks and Recreation Supervisor Patti Garibay. “Animal rescue and community groups will also be on hand to provide information on animal care.”

A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Lancaster Animal Shelter.

For more information regarding Bark at the Park, call 661-723-6077 or visit the Bark at the Park website at