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Groove with Balboa Barks, a '60s fest for dogs and people

April 08, 2011|By Rosemary McClure | Special to the Los Angeles Times
  • A girl encourages her pet to try a hurdle on the K9 agility playground at last year's Canine Companions for Independence dog festival.
A girl encourages her pet to try a hurdle on the K9 agility playground at last… (Stacey Webb / Scout Photography )

Dogs and their owners will unleash their inner grooviness Saturday when the 7th Annual Balboa Barks: A Day of Peace, Love & Canine Companions kicks off in San Diego.

The '60s-themed festival, in Balboa Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include activities, contests and food. Proceeds will benefit Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit Oceanside organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities.

The event, formerly called "Woofstock,"  will take place at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way. The entrance fee is $7, with parking free. Last year’s festival, which had about 80 vendor booths, drew about 3,000 people and pets and raised $40,000 for Canine Companions.

"Balboa Barks is a celebration of the human-canine bond,” said Linda Valliant, executive director of  the Southwest region of Canine Companions for Independence.

Among the activities this year will be demonstrations by Canine Companions assistance dogs; Disc Dogs in Southern California; and the Ballistic Racers Flyball Team. The flyball course and a K9 Agility Playground will be open to attendees. Dozens of vendor booths will offer food -- for dogs and people -- and pet products.

Before the festival, at 9 a.m., will be a fund-raising, 1.3-mile walk through Balboa Park. The walk registration fee ($35 adult, $15 child, $75 family) includes a T-shirt and free festival admission. 

Info: Balboa Barks; (760) 901-4306.

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