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Bangor carnival is all about the dogs

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Doggie carnival plans to raise funds for new city dog park

BANGOR - It's fair season in Maine, and a group of volunteers have planned a carnival in the Bangor area unlike any other. Forget the traditional Ferris wheel or cotton candy stand, this fair has a doggie kissing booth and nail clipping station along with a homemade doggie treat area and massage booth for both pooches and their owners. That's right, the first ever doggie fair is taking over Watchmaker Street in Bangor on Saturday, Aug. 11.

"It's all about the dogs," said Kevlene LaBate, administrator for Bangor Pet Lovers, an online Facebook group that's organizing the event. "It's our first event so we don't know what to expect, but we're hoping for a large turnout."

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 11, the public and their dogs are invited to attend the doggie carnival at 12 Watchmaker Street, which is the future site of the proposed Bangor dog park. All proceeds will benefit the construction of the new park.

"We'll have games, raffles, dog washers on hand and a kissing booth. For a donation you'll be able to kiss one of our dogs," explained LaBate.

The Bangor dog park volunteers are hoping to have the fencing up at the park by the end of the summer, and the Bangor Pet Lovers group would like to help make that a reality with the proceeds raised during next weekend's doggie carnival.

"We don't have a set goal we're hoping to raise at the event, but the Bangor dog park has raised $7,000 so far and they need $50,000 to complete the park," said LaBate. She personally can't wait for the day that she can bring her Chihuahua and pitbull to the dog park to play.

"I live in an apartment and have no yard. [Having a dog park] would mean my dogs get the exercise, stimulation and play time that they need," she said.

And many other dog owners feel the same. The proposed dog park area was approved by the Bangor city council almost a year ago, and volunteers have been working feverishly to make it come to fruition ever since with absolutely no use of taxpayer dollars. LaBate thinks once it's in place, it'll attract more visitors to the Queen city.

"I think it would make it easier for people to visit rather than have to leave their dogs at home or be stuck in the car all day," explained LaBate.

There is absolutely no cost to attend the doggie carnival, but donations are gladly accepted. Food vendors and merchandise vendors will also be on hand that day with dog themed items for sale. For more information on the event, log onto the Bangor Pet Lovers Facebook page or email Kevlene LaBate at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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