A Bark in the Park, Annual Dog Day Afternoon

Put down the chew toys and enjoy two hours of free fun with your canine companion at the Annual Dog Day Afternoon on Sat. April 21 in Hopewell Park in Columbia. Hosted by the Columbia Association, the afternoon will be packed with back-to-back contests, treats and activities.

Show off your dog's skills with a pucker at the best kiss contest or a bark at the howling contest. If your pup is more of a fashionista, enter it into the coolest costume and most fashionable contest.

The afternoon offers tons of open-play areas, a caricature artist, face painting and a kids arts and crafts station. And if you are one of those cool people who resembles your dog, enter the Owner-Dog Look Alike photo contest.

Get there early because the first 200 dogs to sign-in at the Welcome Tent receive a free doggy bag with CA dog toys, treats and pet care items that will make your dog wag his tail.

Don't miss the new additions this year: the Doggy Dash, a one-mile leisure walk; a famous dog in art exhibit and a food and supply drive with proceeds benefiting the Animal Advocates of Howard County.

Your dogs will flip at all the excitement.

Hopewell Park is located at 9200 Rustling Leaf in Columbia, Md.