The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life of Johnson County and Camp Fire Tesuya’s Dachshund Days will join efforts again this year to raise money to fund cancer research and support local cancer patients.
Families and dogs of all sizes are invited to be part of the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hulen Park, 1010 Hillsboro St. Admission is free for all events except the races.
Bark for Life is a fundraising event to honor the life-long contributions of canine caregivers. Activities during the event include bounce houses, craft booths, silent auction, dog adoptions, concessions and more.
Event chair Dianna Ward said the entry fee for the mutt race is $5, which is for any dog breed that’s not a Dachshund. They raised about $4,000 during last year’s event.
Ward said her favorite part of the event is how residents from all over come support the two organizations.
“The kids come out dressed with their dogs,” she said. “It’s a great time all around. We honor cancer survivors, those who passed away from cancer and their caretakers, whether they’re two-legged or four-legged.
“We want to honor those people and those who have passed. I’m a survivor as well, so this event is important to me.”
The registration fee for the Dachshund races is $20, Camp Fire event coordinator Tammy Derden said.
“The dachshund races is my favorite,” Derden said. “You never know what’s going to happen. You can support both organizations and have fun at the same time. We have ‘musical sit’ where we play music and when we stop it the first dog to sit wins a prize.”
The costume contest is $5 with three categories: Star Wars, Alien and Most original. There will be cash prizes: $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.
All dog breeds can participate in the dog parade.
For information, including registration forms, visit campfiretesuya.org/dachshund-days.