KEYSER - Keyser's South End Park will be going to the dogs Saturday, as the News Tribune hosts the Mineral County Bark for Life.

By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Keyser’s South End Park will be going to the dogs Saturday, as the News Tribune hosts the Mineral County Bark for Life.
Bark for Life is a canine-centered fund raiser for Mineral County Relay for Life, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
This year’s event is being hosted by the News Tribune in memory of “Blaze” and “Blanche,” two staff members’ dogs who were lost this past year. Blaze passed away following a short battle with cancer and Blanche was a long-time participate in Bark for Life since it debuted Mineral County several years ago in the News Tribune parking lot.
Ten canine-human teams have signed up to participate in the event so far, but additional participants are welcome to come and sign up Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m.
A team consists of one human and one or two dogs, and registration is $15 per team.
There will be a number of contents and fun events for the participants, including the Best Dressed Dog contest, Best Behaved, and more.
Door prizes will be given away, and a 50/50 will be given away at the event.
In addition, tickets will be sold for various gift baskets beginning Saturday and throughout the following month, with the winners to be announced at Relay for Life on July 21,
Among the items in the gift baskets are large and small dog toys, water/food bowls, and a variety of gift certificates for the humans.
Among the gift certificates are Port West, Ponderosa, Fox’s Pizza, Denny’s, Castiglia’s, Pizza Hut, the Royal and Marla’s Bakery.
In addition, Wal-mart has donated gift cards, All State has donated gift cards, and the News Tribune has donated a subscription to the hometown newspaper.
Those dogs raising donations for Bark for Life will be put into the running for the first, second and third-place ribbons for the canines raising the most money.
Everyone is invited and encouraged to stop by the South End Park beginning at 10 a.m. You don’t have to be a registered participant to get tickets for the gift baskets or 50/50.
For further information, call the News Tribune at 304-788-3333 and ask for Barb or Liz.