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Boyertown BARCO kicks off first Barcotoberfest

By Rebecca Blanchard, The Boyertown Area Times

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Boyertown Park recently filled with rescues, vendors and visitors with their canines for an afternoon of information and activities.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, the first ever Barcotberfest was kicked off in Boyertown.
After months of planning, according to BARCO President Vicki Marsh, canine lovers were able to gather together in the park to support a single cause.
Saturday’s event sought to educate residents on responsible canine ownership, while also promoting Boyertown’s volunteer organization BARCO (Boyertown Area Responsible Canine Owners).
“We are thrilled to promote responsible dog ownership with our Barctoberfest,” said Marsh. “We are so excited, I wasn’t sure how it would be received. Volunteers have worked really hard.” She continued to state that volunteers and friends have worked hard to share this effort with others.
Barcotberfestincluded a pet blessing, a Disc Dog demonstration, a rabies clinic by Patt Animal Hospital, dog contests, free dog toe nail trims by Fuzzy Days, scavenger hunt, blood drive, microchipping by Dr. Shreves from Pottsgrove Animal Hospital, rescues on site with adoptable dogs, free Rita’s pupscicles, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and live music by Fade Into The Black.
The event also included an off-leash area, sponsored by A.D. Moyer, for the day’s events. “Dogs are a part of people’s families; this gives people a feel for how it would be to have their own dog park,” said Marsh.
BARCO is working towards the goal of a safe, off-lease dog park to be built in Boyertown. The groupis in the process of getting grants, finding alocation, gathering support, fundraising, meeting with local committes and key persons, gathering volunteers, developing a plan to present to the borough and maintenance.
According to Marsh, BARCO is currently waiting to receive nonprofit status. Once that status is received, BARCO will present their design plans to the Boyertown Borough Council.
All area residents and their well-behaved canines were invited to attend Saturday’s event.