Bark-up charity event Sunday

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The SPCA will benefit from the inaugural Vulcan Hotel Bark-up competition in St Bathans this Sunday.

Organiser Sue Ingram, of St Bathans, said the idea to hold a bark-up was suggested after a group of young people had been to a similar event at Chatto Creek.

“As it is lambing time the huntaways don’t get a lot of work,” Ms Ingram said.

“We thought it might be a fun way to get the dogs out and have a good time as well.”

She said she was hoping for a large turnout and entries opened from 1pm.

“We hope to hold it out in the beer garden,” she said.

“All the young guys in the area are really keen to participate so we are hoping it will be quite well attended.”

Prizes would be given for the best barker.

“The way it works, the dog gets up on the table and [the owner] gets it to bark.”

The judges, Grant Calder and Hamish Cameron, will award points on various features of the dog’s efforts, including loudness.

“If the dog doesn’t bark at all, they pour beer into a dog drinking bowl and the owner has got to drink out of it, which is a bit of a hoot,” she said.

Former St Bathans’ local John Templeton, is the event’s MC.

Ms Ingram said they had received generous support from sponsors.

Money from the event will be donated to the SPCA.

YVONNE O’HARA

@alliedpress.co.nz