‘Bark in R Park’ and ‘Bacon, Blues and Brews’ both scheduled for Roeland Park on Saturday

A group of Roeland Park residents are trying to raise the more than $400,000 required to modernize R Park.
R Park in Roeland Park is the site for one event Saturday and the object of the fundraising at a second even Saturday evening.

It’s a big weekend coming up in Roeland Park – for both dogs and humans. Two big events dominate the schedule on Saturday: “Bark in R Park” and the “Bacon, Blues and Brews” celebration at the Roeland Park Community Center.

Bark in R Park

As you might guess, Bark in R Park is focused on the canine in the family and they are all welcome. The event features a dog parade and a variety of contests for dogs. Contests for dogs in attendance include the biggest, smallest, cutest, ugliest, most spots, longest tail, shortest nose, best costume, just to name a few. But every dog is a winner: treats and prizes for all.

Spectators are welcome at the events, but they must be on leashes. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. with a rain plan to head to the Roeland Park Community Center.

Besides the contests and parade, the park will be full of demonstrations and exhibits, including a dog obedience performance, therapy dogs, live adoptions and service dogs. R Park is at 5535 Juniper.

Bacon, Blues and Brews

That evening, the action shifts to the Roeland Park Community Center (if it is not already there because of rain on the Bark) for the Bacon, Blues and Brews event which is a fundraiser for improvements to R Park. All of the proceeds from the event go to build a walking trail in the park.

From 7 to 9 p.m., ticket holders can partake in bacon-enhanced foods, sample local beers, root beers and coffee all while listening to live Kansas City blues. Singer Toni Gates is supplying the blues. Boulevard Brewery has now been added to Cinder Block Brewery for the beer portion. Roasterie will have the coffee. You also might want to take a taste of chocolate-covered maple bacon soda from Mass Street Soda in Lawrence.

Tickets for the fundraiser, which is expected to put the committee over the top for its walking trail goal, will be available at the door for $35.