Herald/MARIANNE LIJEWSKI - Killeen resident Natalie Pittman’s dog, Tank, a 3-month-old bulldog, was decked out in Army attire Saturday at Barktoberfest at the Killeen Community Center.

Saturday is a day for the dogs.

The fourth annual Barktoberfest is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lions Club Park in Killeen, and recreation superintendant Sara Davy said it’s “fun for everyone.”

“It’s a day to honor your pets and give them a day at the park,” she said. “There are so many events for children and residents, but this one is for the dogs.”

Activities scheduled throughout the day include dog demonstrations, a bark walk, open dog swim and off-leash play.

Davy said the annual “pooch pageant” includes new awards this year for best “pooch smooch” along with best trick, best costume and the owner-dog look-alike contest.

“This event has grown every year since 2010 when it began,” she said. “It’s a great way for owners to enjoy a day with their dogs.”

There will be free goody bags for attendees, vendors and door prizes given away throughout the event.

Local shelters will be on-hand with pet adoption information.

Davy said about 200 to 300 people attend the event each year with about 150 dogs.

The event is free and open to the public. Davy said registration for events can be made at the gate.

“This is just a great, fun event,” she said. “It’s fun for owners and their dogs, and we have arts and crafts for the kids. Everyone has a good time, especially the dogs.”

Call Killeen Parks and Rec at 254-501-8889.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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