Grove City residents will be able to spend quality time with their favorite four-legged friends during the city's annual K-9 Carnival.

Grove City residents will be able to spend quality time with their favorite four-legged friends during the city's annual K-9 Carnival.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 10 at Fryer Park, 3899 Orders Road.

"It would be a great afternoon to bring your dog out and enjoy a beautiful park," city Recreation Superintendent Ed Merritt said.

Currently 15 vendors are signed up for the event, though on average 18-22 usually end up participating, Merritt said. Rescue organizations, pet-care groups and adoption groups will be on site with information and products to sell.

Dogs will be able to roam free within a fenced-off play area that has access to Rotary Lake. Another smaller enclosed area is available for smaller dogs.

Dogs can play in the enclosed areas and in the water without leashes; everywhere else they must remain on a leash.

Depending upon the weather, the event usually draws between 1,500 and 3,000 participants, Merritt said, and about 1,000 dogs, from Great Danes to "tiny teacup" dogs. Since the city doesn't have a dog park, the day allows for a special time for dogs to play while off the leash.

Those who want to clean off their dogs before loading them back up in the car can have their dogs bathed by members of Boy Scout Troop 136 for a donation.

Pets must be spayed or neutered and sociable with people and other dogs to attend. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Businesses and organizations interested in vendor space should contact the Parks and Recreation office at 614-277-3050 or visit GroveCity Ohio.gov. Nonprofits may set up for free; for-profit vendors are charged a $25 fee.