Paws in The Park to Feature Pet Fashion Show, Biscuit Hunt And More

Paws in the Park event photo. Source: Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount, NC.
Paws in the Park event photo. Source: Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount, NC.

The eighth-annual Paws in the Park event is Saturday, April 14, 2018, 11am-2pm. Humans and canines can enjoy outdoor activities, sport their best outfits, make an art project, and shop pet-friendly vendors. Paws in The Park takes place in the Best Friend’s Dog Park, 480 N Lee Street, Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Says Alex Langley, coordinator of the annual Paws in the Park event:

“We are truly excited to host an event which has become a staple in the Rocky Mount community. There will be a multitude of activities for families to enjoy.”

Activities will include a pet fashion show, with onsite registration until 12:15pm. Dress up your family dog and sign them up to participate in the fashion show, which will begin around 12:30pm. Prizes will be awarded for “Best in Show” and several other categories, with prizes ranging from doggie treats to gift certificates.

Pups and their humans may join one of three Treasure Hunt events in the park’s Agility Area. Dogs will search for a unique rawhide treat, and win a prize if they find it. Even if your pup doesn’t find the main prize, there will be biscuits to discover along the way. Hunts are divided by dog size:  small (less than 25 lbs), medium (26-50 lbs), and large (50+ lbs). Treasure hunts begin with the small dog hunt at 11:15am, and then the other hunts scheduled for 12:15pm (medium dogs), and 1:15pm (large dogs).

Last year, humans participated in a bandana art station. This year’s art station, overseen by local artist and Parks and Rec volunteer Susan Meck, will allow humans to create dog show ribbons for their pets. Make a ribbon for your good dog, and decorate it with the words you think best fit your pet. The Art station will be open 11am-2pm.

DareDevil Dogs, a thrilling stunt dog entertainment team based in  Lincolnton NC, will perform during Paws in The Park. Three agility demonstrations are scheduled at 11:30am and 1:30pm.

Vendors will be set up 11am-2pm, including Rocky Mount-based Riverside Veterinary Hospital providing reduced-cost microchipping and rabies shots at the park.

The Rocky Mount Fire Department will hold a Pet CPR demonstration at their vendor booth around 12:15pm

Other vendors expected include:

  • A Master’s Mobile Pet Shop
  • Animal Crackers
  • Benvenue Animal Hospital
  • Carolina Mudcats
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Down East Spay & Neuter Alliance Clinic
  • Friends of Rocky Mount Animal
  • Goat Island Bottle Shop
  • Hicks Animal Hospital
  • Hillbillie Designs
  • Kansas Sweetie Barkery
  • Katherine Lewis
  • Kathy’s Sweets & Treats
  • L&J Ice Cream
  • Muttley Crew
  • Nash Community College
  • Odin’s Orphans
  • Pet’s Best Friend
  • Rocky Mount Animal Shelter
  • Wags East Pest Resort
  • Webby’s Shaved Ice

Attendees planning to shop may wish to bring cash for purchases from vendors. There will be a photographer at the event to take portraits with pet and owners, at a fee of $5.

Mostly for the humans, Paws in The Park will also have music and food trucks. And, Muddy The Mudcat will visit 1-2pm with children, baseball fans — and pups.

Says Langley:

“This unique event can be a lot of fun for the entire family. It provides an opportunity for dog-loving citizens, businesses, non-profit organizations and many others to advance the humane treatment of dogs and to promote responsible pet ownership.”

Supported for Paws in The Park is provided by partners including 98.5 Big Dawg, 99.3 Rock City, Benvenue Animal Hospital, Carolina Mudcats Baseball Club, Life 103.1, Power 95.5FM, Riverside Veterinary Hospital, Rocky Mount Mills, Rocky Mount Telegram, and Wags+East Pet Resort & Spa. There is no admission fee for humans and their pets, thanks in part to these partners.

Best Friend’s Dog Park is adjacent to Sunset Park, and overseen by Parks and Rec:

The Rocky Mount Dog Park is an off-leash area operated and maintained by the Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department. Rocky Mount’s Off Leash Dog Park offers a recreation and park setting for dog lovers and dog owners to enjoy. The park consists of nine acres divided into three fenced areas: one for small dogs and two for large dogs.

Rabies tags are required to enter the park for this event, and dogs six-months-old and younger may not go inside the fence. Additional information or restrictions may be available at event registration or by calling 252.972.1162.

For more information on Paws in the Park, call, visit

Paws in The Park 2018 flyer: Source: City of Rocky Mount NC
Paws in The Park 2018 flyer: Source: City of Rocky Mount NC


Source: Tameka Kenan-Norman, City of Rocky Mount

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