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Paws in the Park debuts at Rivertown Dog Park

Luna is Amanda and Eric Johnson’s dog. She was a rescue puppy from Joplin, Missouri. Luna is pictured here getting her nails clipped by Rio Grooming School and Salon. Star Gazette photos by Michelle Wirth1 / 3
The Far-Out K9 Flying Disc Dogs entertained the crowd with their athleticism.2 / 3
Animal Ark had dogs at the event ready to be adopted. Ranger was behind the fence. 3 / 3

The first annual Paws in the Park event was held at the Rivertown Dog Park on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Community members and furry friends alike were able to socialize with one another. There was a performance by the Far-Out K9 Flying Disc Dogs, an agility course, dog treats and giveaways.

Paige Marschall Bigler, the recreation program specialist at the City of Hastings, said the event was planned as a way to encourage residents and visitors of Hastings to use the dog park space.

Local pet-friendly organizations came out to the event including Animal Ark, Hastings Vet Clinic, Rio Grooming School and Salon, Northern Stars K9 Resort and Spa, and Fluegels Lawn Garden and Pet Supply.

Marschall Bigler said she counted 71 attendees in the first 20 minutes of the event but may have missed a few individuals as the evening went on.

“We look forward to planning Paws in the Park as an annual event the first week in October,” she said. “We hope to partner with local pet-friendly entities to make events like this happen.”

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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