'Barktoberfest' set for Oct. 10

In this file photo Killeen resident Kelly Seals, left, stands with Lala, her 2-year-old German shepherd, alongside Harker Heights resident Jani Case, right, and her 4-year-old Royal Standard Poodle, Chance.

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Barktoberfest, Killeen’s signature dog event, is scheduled for Oct. 10.

This year’s event features a change of venue and new activities, but it remains free and open to the public, according to a news release.

The Pooch Pageant will be virtual with submissions and voting online. Contestants can be entered in one or multiple categories which include best costume, twins, ugliest, smallest and hairiest dog.

To enter, submit photos by Oct. 5 to yvalderrama-santana@killeentexas.gov. Winners will be announced Oct. 10.

A virtual fun run/walk is at the Andy K. Wells Hike & Bike Trail. All participants will complete the same course but can run or walk it at any time between Oct. 3-11. Participants must compete as a team with a dog or dogs. Those who do not have dogs will be available to borrow them from Killeen Animal Shelter. Registration is free and should be completed for each four-legged racer in order to receive a race bag and door prize entries.

In-person Barktoberfest activities are scheduled Oct. 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Killeen Animal Shelter. Activities for people and pups include a photo booth, play areas and door prizes. The shelter will also be offering pets for adoption and accepting donations.

For more information on Barktoberfest, including event registration, visit KilleenTexas.gov/Parks.

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