Van Buren Rotary Club is bringing dock diving to the area during the club’s dog days event June 6-7 at the Van Buren High School track and football training field.
"There isn’t anything like this event in our area, so it is a first," said Shirley Williams, Van Buren Rotary Club dog days chairman. "Dock diving is one of the fastest growing dog sports in the nation and has been featured on the David Letterman show."
In May 2014, the American Kennel Club began recognizing the sport of dock diving and awarding dock diving titles to dogs once they have completed different levels of competition.
Trainer Crystal McClaren and her dog Bo hold the world record of 26 feet in the North America American Kennel Club diving dog championship.
Other dog day activities will include fastest dog contest, obedience and agility demonstrations and Arkansas State Police canine drug enforcement demonstrations.
Local rescue groups also will have dogs available for adoptions.
Arkansas Parks and Tourism will promote the local event as a tie-in to its "Barkansas" campaign, promoting Arkansas as a pet friendly state.
"This event is free to spectators so the whole family can come, even the canine family members," Williams said.
All profits from the event will be used to continue the ongoing community service provided by the Van Buren Rotary Club.
"Our long term goal with this event is to raise money to help with the construction of the Lee Creek Park area and provide a public dog park for Van Buren," Williams said.
The event will be at the field next to the high school at 2001 E. Pointer Trail.