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Pups in the Park a hit despite rain
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The Dawson County Humane Society didnt let a little rain stop its parade this past weekend.

Despite some wet weather early Saturday morning, more than 100 people and their pets came out to the first annual Pups in the Park at Rock Creek Park.

The event was hosted by the Dawson County Humane Society in conjunction with several other civic organizations. Money raised goes to support the shelter.

It was a fun family day, Dawson County Humane Society President Carolyn Bowen said. People and their dogs got to have an outing together, and we hope to do it again next year. It should be two or three times bigger and more successful. People had fun and we certainly accomplished our goal of a fun, family day at the park.

Bowen said she thought more people might have attended if it hadnt been raining. It was storming and raining early, and so some of vendors didnt show up, she said.

Despite the rain, Bowen thought the event was a success. Ive heard only good comments, and it will be even better next year. Im very happy with it, she said.

Participants had an opportunity to take part in a parade with their four-legged children, as well as enter their pets in several contests. Some of the contests were for cutest, best costume, agility and, of course, best in show.

Vendors were on site with crafts and pet-friendly items. Some items also were auctioned off throughout the event.

Attendee LeeAnn Harter brought her dog, Molly. This a good fundraiser for the Humane Society, she said.

Other civic organizations that participated were: Lions Club, Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, Dawson County Womans Club, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club and Family Pet Obedience School.

I just cant thank them enough, Bowen said of the civic organizations and volunteers who participated.