Bark in the Park returns to downtown Farmington

Downtown Farmington goes to the dogs September 25, as Bark in the Park returns for a third year in the Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park.

Organizer Vera Lucksted said this year’s event, held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., will include raffles, give-aways, group walks, and even more opportunities to adopt a new best friend. Three rescue organizations – Midwest Beagle Rescue, Louis’ Legacy, and Home Furever – will participate. Also, students from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in Farmington Hills plan to interview pet owners, in connection with a grant project.

“It’s really nice to have an educational component this year,” Lucksted said.

Participating vendors include Browndog Creamery & Dessert Bar, which will offer their dog-friendly “Flash’s Favorite” flavor. And  group walks, including one led by the Farmington Area Jaycees, will offer an opportunity for dog owners to tour downtown Farmington.

“For people who are new to the community, it gives them a chance to check out the downtown, and see what’s available,” Lucksted said.

Well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome, retractable leashes, which present a tripping hazard, are not. The event happens rain or shine. Learn more:

“We’re excited to be back, and to have dogs back in town,” Lucksted said.