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You don't have to own dogs or even be a dog lover to have a blast at the 13th annual Dogs' Day in the Park, set for Saturday, Aug. 26, in New Freedom, its organizer said.

The event remains Animal Rescue Inc.'s biggest fundraiser of the year, according to event organizer Stacey Helbig.

She said that while Dogs' Day in the Park initially was geared toward dog lovers and their furry companions, it has become a community event, complete with arts, crafts, food, games and more than 120 vendors of all kinds.

Dogs, of course, are welcome, Helbig said, but they must be socialized and on leashes. Flex-leads and retractable leashes are prohibited.

Family fun: There are games for dogs and for humans, as well as games for both species to participate in together, she said. The peanut butter-licking contest and costume contest are for dogs only.

Human-canine team games include Temptation Tower, in which people build Jenga-like towers with dog treats while trying to keep their dogs from knocking over the towers and trying to eat the treats.

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To participate in the fundraising walk, visit the Dogs' Day in the Park/Mutt Strutt website at dogsdayinthepark.myevent.com and register as a walker. Then solicit donations through social media or in person. Once you've signed up as a participant, people who want to pledge money on your behalf can also do so at the website above.

First place in the Mutt Strutt is $500 cash, and all walkers who raise at least $20 will receive an event T-shirt and a goody bag for their dog, while supplies last, Helbig said.

Activities for kids: For children, there will be events including arts-and-crafts and face-painting, she said.

Thousands of people are expected to attend, according to Helbig.

There's no admission fee, and parking is free.

According to Animal Rescue Inc.'s website, $10 will pay for rabies and distemper vaccines for a dog or cat; $30 will spay or neuter a cat; and $50 will feed a dog at the rescue for at least 30 days.

Animal Rescue Inc. has been rescuing stray and unwanted dogs and cats since 1976.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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