12th Annual BARCStoberfest and 5k on October 22nd

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

BARCS Release:

The 12th annual BARCStoberfest presented by Matt and Maria Wieters and Pet Valu is so much more than just a walk-in-the-park! The pet-friendly festival at Patterson Park on Saturday, October 22, raises money to benefit the 11,000 homeless animals that come to the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) annually—but it’s also a ton of fun! Festival veterans, as well as new attendees, will find new and exciting activities and entertainment at every turn.

The morning kicks off with the Ready, Set…SNIFF! 5K charity run and walk.  Participants, their fundraising team members and their dogs (optional) line up for the race at 9 a.m. around Baltimore’s Patterson Park. Following the 5K run, the main festival opens to the race participants and the public at 10 a.m.

BARCS is re-energizing our much-loved, annual festival by adding new activities suited for both pet owners bringing their furry friends, as well as animal supporters who choose to fly solo. Returning this year is our Ready, Set…SNIFF! 5K charity run and one-mile walk, our very-competitive, crowd-favorite Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest, local food trucks and shopping market. New this year, we have added a dog-friendly beer garden with cornhole tournament and live music, Downward Dog With Your Dog, more food trucks, barre class and more.

The Ravens Cheerleaders will be on hand to help attendees interested in meeting BARCS’ adoptable animals.

We have doubled our fundraising goal this year to meet the financial needs of our new lifesaving programs at the shelter. The event is free to the public, but we encourage attendees to join us in raising funds beforehand on www.barcstoberfest.org and bring a generous heart with them to the festival.

All event details and day-of schedule can be found on www.barcstoberfest.org.

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About the Author:

Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) is a non-profit organization created in July 2005. BARCS takes in homeless and unwanted animals in Baltimore City as part of its mission to provide sanctuary for all animals and to promote a more humane community.
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