Weather cancels ‘Bark in the Park’ run; vendor show a success

Kelly Ahrends and her daughter Sophie along with their dog Jinx, stop by the veterinary help photo booth ran by Brynn Jacobson at the Hometown Veterinarian’s stand during the annual Bark in the Park vendor show on Saturday at Riverview Park.

Saturday morning’s rain canceled the third annual Bark in the Park 5K walk and run, but the vendor show inside Reunion Hall at Riverview Park went on as scheduled.

According to Shelly Nodland, director of the Marshalltown Animal Rescue League, the vendor show was a success with 15 vendors involved and the Marshall County Pork Producers serving a pork burger lunch.

Nodland said that five of the vendors were pet related.

VCA -the Vet was microchipping dogs for a $20 fee; Hometown Veterinarian had a special on iVet dog food and had a Peanuts themed photo booth; Hunting the Moon studio was specializing in pet photos: classic or caricature; another vendor was making personalized collars with ID tags while the ARL was running a doggie bake sale and information table.

Other booths included the Boy Scouts popcorn, Sensy, and a bake sale for humans, among others.

One of the more popular booths at the vendor show during Bark in the Park was this one where personalized dog collars could be purchased.

“Microchips, ID tags and collars are needed items for all pets, as they help the ARL employees with identification should your pet get lost,” Nodland said. “We had the place and resources available to get all three things taken care of in one stop.”

“Overall the day was a success as we had a full house and people coming to view the vendors wares throughout the event,” Nodland concluded.


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