Here we are in the "dog days" of summer and National Dog Day is coming up, so why not get out and celebrate with your pup?

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Windmill Island Gardens in Holland has announced its first ever "Bark in the Park" this Saturday, August 26, 9:30a.m. to 1p.m.

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Windmill Island, Facebook
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Dog lovers, dog owners - and of course dogs! -  are invited to not only enjoy the beautiful summer scenery but to experience games, crafts, balloon animals, giveaways, and a visit from the famous Oscar Mayer Frankmobile.

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All park attractions will be open at the event too, including the de Zwaan windmill, carousel, street organ, historic Little Netherlands display, the permanent "Tulip Grove" carved from old-growth oak trees, walking trails, thousands of annual and perennial flowers, and gift shop.

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Plus, booths will be set up for local animal hospitals, groomers, trainers, accessory crafters, treat bakeries, and more.

Bark in the Park participating businesses include:

  • Balloons by Joshua Schmitz
  • Bunch of Bandanas
  • Caricatures by Britta
  • Chowhound Pet Supplies
  • East Holland Veterinary Clinic
  • Eddie and Barkus
  • Headin' Home Pet Rescue
  • Holland Police Department K9 Unit
  • Luscious Lexi Treats
  • Mapleview Animal Hospital
  • Oscar Mayer Frankmobile
  • Ottawa Animal Hospital East & West
  • Paws in the City
  • Polar Patrol
  • Pronto Pups Grand Rapids
  • Pups Barkery
  • The Poppy Peach
  • Two Paws Forward Training

Paws in the City, an event sponsor will be offering free ornament painting, $5 nail trims, a photo booth, treats, and a raffle.

Another sponsor Mapleview Animal Hospital will have a raffle as well.

A food truck will be available in the park during the event to grab some lunch, and the Holland Police Department’s Polar Patrol ice cream truck will be there from 11:00am to 1:00pm with free ice cream!

Please note, dogs cannot enter the windmill or the gift shop, and they must be on leashes.

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