The local Relay For Life has went to the dogs, literally! Actually, the local chapter recently held it's first ever, Relay dog show.

The event was appropriately titled, Bark in the Park, and was held at Cy Young Park, Sept. 26. Despite the rainy, dreary weather conditions, the event was very well attended.

Local Relay chairperson Helene Moncman said the goal for the event was to celebrate life, reach out to survivors and have a place for survivors and team members to bring their "furry family members" (pet dogs). She said typically Relay members and participants are not permitted to bring their dogs with them to the school field.

"We just wanted to be able to bring everyone and their dogs together for a fun day," she said.

Moncman said she met two new cancer survivors as a result of the event.

Approximately 30 dogs were featured. The event fee was $5 for dog owners to participate and $1 for each contest.

Mark Mann, chairperson for the Holmes County Relay For Life, visited Saturday's event and commended the local students that were in attendance.

Mann said he was very impressed with the fact that so many students turned out for the event on one of their weekend days and to be involved in a volunteer cause. Mann also serves on a leadership task force that oversees Relay' chapters throughout the state. He also serves as president for the Holmes County Cancer Society Board of Directors.

The local Relay announced that they are gearing up for the 2010 Relay. One of the current fund-raisers is a Newcomerstown Relay For Life shirt sale. They will offer T-shirts, long-sleeved and short sleeved, as well as "hoodies" or hooded sweatshirts. There will be various sizes and colors available. The logo features: Supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honoring the taken, and never, ever giving up hope. Orders will be taken until Oct. 30 Contact Amanda Mc Kinney at (330) 447-7396 or e-mail her at amckinn5@kent.edu.

The 2010 Relay For Life event is already scheduled for June 18-19. The first committee meeting will take place in the Newcomerstown Middle School library on Oct. 6 at 5 p.m.