On the Radar: Purina Incredible Dog Challenge

watch as a handful of Jack Russells spring over hurdles in a race to see which one can squeeze through a hole fit for one first. You can also grab a hot dog, peruse the goodies of pet-friendly vendors, and stop by booths featuring displays and adoptable dogs by SPCA Tampa Bay and DART. This year, the event is held in conjunction with the 35th Annual Mainsail Arts Festival; expect heavy crowds (and likely lots of wagging tails, too). (Photo courtesy Purina) April 16-17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Spa Beach Park, 800 Second. Ave., downtown St. Petersburg, free admission, purina.com.

Welcome to On the Radar, where we preview upcoming events to mark your calendars for. Looking for something to do with your best doggie friend next weekend? Snap a leash on him and take him down to the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge at downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront Spa Beach Park. Don’t worry – he doesn’t have to participate. But the two of you can watch as the East’s most athletic “incredible dogs” battle it out in a series of competitions.

The freestyle flying disc challenge, dog diving, and Jack Russell hurdle racing (pictured) are among the event’s highlights, because who doesn’t want to see how far a dog can leap into a pool to fetch a floatable toy, or

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