Dogs will have their day at this weekend's Pup-a-Palooza, a fun-filled event for dogs and their families.

Dogs will have their day at this weekend's Pup-a-Palooza, a fun-filled event for dogs and their families.

The sixth annual outdoor festival, sponsored by Friends of Alum Creek Dog Park, is set from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at the Alum Creek Dog Park, 3993 Hollenback Road in Lewis Center.

Residents are invited to bring their dogs to the park for an afternoon of food, music, activities and plenty of opportunities for dogs to run around with their four-legged friends.

The event is free to attend, but guests are encouraged to bring a donation of pet food for charity.

The six-acre park has several large, fenced-in areas in which dogs can run and play, with separate sections for large and small dogs. Dog "beach" areas for pooches of all sizes also will be open along the water.

"It's a fun afternoon and a great opportunity to spend some time with your dog," said Alum Creek Dog Park President Ann Wennberg, whose two greyhounds love to attend Pup-a-Palooza and play in the water.

The event will feature a variety of vendors, including dog trainers and groomers, plus those selling collars, leashes, bowls, toys, pet-themed collectibles and more. Many will have free samples of food and treats for dogs.

Other vendors will sell food for human guests. New this year is a beer garden where guests can relax and enjoy a drink.

The event also features live music with six artists set to perform throughout the day, plus a raffle and a silent auction. Items up for grabs will include gift baskets filled with treats and toys, gift certificates for dog training sessions and grooming, and some human-centric prizes such as jewelry.

Activities for children will include face-painting and glitter-tattoo booths, plus a coloring activity to help kids learn about dog safety.

Pet-food donations for dogs, cats and birds will be collected at the dog park's entrance to benefit Delaware County Meals on Wheels. Many senior citizens can't afford to buy pet food, and some resort to sharing their own delivered meals with their pets -- a bad scenario for both pets and owners, Wennberg said.

Dog-park fan Rita Jones and her two Yorkie mixes will return to Pup-a-Palooza again this year. Jones said the Alum Creek Dog Park is a great place to make new friends.

"It draws a very diverse range of people, young and old, but they're all dog lovers," she said. "Everyone gets along and has a very nice time."

She said the event is fun for any dog lover, even those who don't own a dog themselves.

Proceeds from the event will help to build a new 30-space parking lot for the park and a multipurpose picnic shelter that can be used for rescue group adoptions, among other functions.

A rain date for the event is set for July 14. For more information, visit the website