Bark in the Park

The annual Bark in the Park is happening on September 5th at Mike Miller Park in Benton. The event is hosted by Marshall County Animal Care and Control, and from 5-8 pm, they will be raising money for their animal shelter. This is a fun, family event for all ages - whether you have two legs or four!

Fun and free food

This will be an evening of fun and refreshments. There will be free hotdogs, chips, drinks and a dessert. With hotdogs provided by Parkway Chrysler, Pepsi donating some drinks, and local grocery stores donating all the other items.

You can get your pets microchipped and vaccinated or enter one of the fun pet-focused contests. There will be face painting, food and drinks, and Animal Tales is bringing some cute critters to learn about and touch!

Low cost vet services

Dr. James Driskill, DVM, will be providing low cost vaccinations for dogs and cats: $20 for vaccines and $8 for rabies. There will also be free microchipping for dogs and cats.

Silent Auctions

The event will feature silent auction with lots of goodies and items for everyone including overnight stays with dining from Kentucky Dam Village and Green Turtle Bay.

Animal Tales

Jeff Armstrong with Animal Tales will be there with a collection different reptiles for educational purposes. The Reptile Scales & Tails program is 45-50 minutes long and features 5-6 live animals including a large tortoise, lizards and of course snakes. Participants will be asked to interact with the animals through question & answer, audience participation and “hands-on” volunteering. Everyone will have the opportunity to find out if snakes are really slimy!

Pet Contests

What’s an event focused on pets without some pet contests? There will be contests for Best Look Alike, Best Trick, Costumes, Best Tail Wag, Best Kisses and many more. Winners in each category will receive donated gift certificates from local businesses.

And much more!

The events has several local vendors participating including face painting by Johnnie Jo Hollis and a cake walk full of amazing desserts from Crystal’s Creation in Benton. Little Shop of Collars will be set up offering items that can be purchased as well. There will be event t-shirts for sale.

The event will not feature any animals for adoption, but there will be an adoption event on September 9 from 11am -2pm in Mike Miller Park.

“Please come out and support our shelter!” Director Autumn Hollis implored. “The donations and proceeds will benefit our spay and neuter programs.”

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Marshall County Animal Care and Control

Marshall County Animal Care and Control is a county run facility that takes in surrendered dogs and cats as well as pick up stray/roaming dogs. As in so many of our communities, Marshall County is heavily overpopulated with cats and dogs. Please remember, if you are going to own a pet, have them spayed or neutered. Also, lots of animals roam off their property and the fastest way to get them home is to microchip. For more information, please visit