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Barktoberfest sounds like fun

There are several reasons to venture out to North Lakes Park to attend an event called Barktoberfest on what promises to be a cool, possibly damp day.

The event, planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, celebrates man’s best friend, so dog owners — and their pets — should find amiable companions to help them enjoy the afternoon.

Plus, the event is a fundraiser for the Denton Humane Society, a private, not-for-profit organization chartered in 1972 for the purpose of assisting animals. The group promotes education, advocacy and awareness of animal welfare needs in Denton, with emphasis on companion animals such as dogs and cats, and it also has programs to help people in need keep their pets through pet food support and other initiatives.

Special this year is a promise from an anonymous donor to match funds raised up to $5,000.

“We’ve never had that before,” Lisa Wighaman, president of the Denton Humane Society, told us. “That means we have the potential of making $10,000.”

All proceeds, after event expenses are met, go to support animals in need in the city, Wighaman said, and a lot of folks are pitching in to help keep expenses down and make the event a success.

“Everybody is a volunteer here,” she told us. “Nobody is getting paid.”

A DJ who makes Barktoberfest a regular stop every year to make sure there are plenty of lively tunes to go along with the various activities also volunteers his services, Wighaman added.

Low-cost immunizations will be available, and dog rescue groups will be on site to provide information, she said.

There is no cost to attend, and activities will include a pet costume contest, a weenie-eating contest and an event called dancing with your dog. There will also be a rescue parade at noon, and anyone with a rescued pet is invited to participate.

The weenie-eating contest will be conducted for small and large dogs, and owners should plan on having their pets there by 12:30 p.m. to secure a spot.

Pet owners can get their pet’s nails clipped, take part in doggie trick-or-treating and “poochie art” (paw prints on paper using washable paint). Face painting will be available.

All of which underscores what could be a top reason to attend — the event promises to be a lot of fun.

“It is fun,” Wighaman said. “You get to see grown people dance with their dogs. We have tons of people wanting to volunteer for this event because it is so much fun.”

Admission is free, so the price is right. Contests cost just $1 each, and like we said, your money will go to help a good cause.

The event will be held at Pavilion 3 at North Lakes Park, which is located at 2001 W. Windsor Drive. All dogs should be on leashes and have up-to-date vaccine tags.

It sounds like a good time and a great way to help a group of folks who are committed to a worthwhile cause, even if the day is a little cool and damp.

For more information about the Denton Humane Society, visit