Oxford a finalist in contest to win dog park
by Eddie Burkhalter
eburkhalter@annistonstar.com
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Oxford has been named one of 15 finalist in the “Bark for Your Park” contest, beating out 1,115 other cities nationwide to compete for a chance to win a portion of $200,000 to build an off-leash dog park.

The contest allows people to vote for their city. If selected as the top vote-getter out of all 15 cities, Oxford will win $100,000 from the contest sponsor, Petsafe.

Oxford also will be competing in a sub-category of medium-sized towns to win $25,000 toward building a dog park. To win that money, Oxford will have to receive the most votes among the towns of Auburn, N.Y., Mason City, Iowa, West Columbia, S.C. and Wheeling, W.Va.

Finalist cities will also be required to submit 30-second videos showing why they deserve to win a dog park. Each city whose video receives 1,000 views on YouTube will earn an additional 1,000 votes.

To win, resident can vote for Oxford twice each day, once at www.petsafe.net and once on the company’s Facebook page through July 26. Contest winners will be announced July 31.

Other top 15 finalists cities are: Small category - Brighton, Tenn., Mountain House, Calif., Pontiac, Ill., Safford, Ariz. And Silver Cliff, Colo.

Large category - Conway, Ark., Corpus Christi, Texas, East Hartford, Conn., New Braunfels, Texas and Texarkana, Texas.

Staff writer Eddie Burkhalter: 256-235-3563. On Twitter @Burkhalter_Star.
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