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Animals are the stars at Bark in the Park

July 28, 2008
By SUE AZZARELLO, managing editor
It was all about animals Sunday when hundreds of people from the region and their canine friends gathered at Get Togethers Picnic Grounds in Kings Creek for the second annual Bark in the Park event.

Included in the day-long festivities were a wide variety of vendors, musical entertainment, and canines and felines available for adoption from the Hancock County Animal Shelter, for which the special event was held.

A long list of contests was held, including best costume, breed, tricks, and look-a-like, and winners were judged by Hancock County Commissioner Danny Greathouse, Hancock County Commissioner Mike Swartzmiller and Weirton Ward 2 Councilman Harold “Bubba” Miller.

Trophies were awarded to the winners and ribbons were presented to the participants.

“We are very happy with the turnout today,” said Jennifer Tokash, organizer of the event. “It’s double from last year, and we are very pleased about that.”

Tokash’s mother, Sharon Dragisich, Hancock County Animal Shelter Foundation representative, assisted her daughter with the plans.

“I helped her some, but she really did it,” Dragisich said. “She worked day and night for the past two months for this.”

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SHOWTIME – Pookie Petals, owned by Ray Inghram of Youngstown, Ohio, last year’s first-place winner of the best costume contest, came in second place this year for her girl’s play day ensemble, complete with a portable pink vanity. -- Sue Azzarello

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