The Humane Society of Independence County is hosting its fifth annual “Bark in the Park” Doggie Celebration and FUNdraiser from 10 a.m. til 3 p.m. Saturday October 5th centered around the Amphitheater at Riverside Park in Batesville. Registration will begin at 9:00am. This FUNdraiser is always fun for people and the dogs that own them, and even raises a little money and shelter items for our homeless pets. Activities/events begin with a “Blessing of the Pets” followed with a Mutt Strut Treasure Walk, “Best Dog” Competitions, Running of the Weenies, Puppy Races, Hot “Dawg” Eating Contest, North Arkansas Dance Theater performance, K-9 demonstration, “You and Your BFF Photo contest, lots of food, bake sale items, Rent-a-Puppy, Face Painting, Pet Psychic, Dog Kissing Booth, Sidewalk Art/Coloring Station and lots of fun! Be sure to bring your dog(s), chair or blanket and enjoy a wonderful day with dog lovers at the river! Call 870-307-5305 or 870-793-0090 for more info!