The dogs and the tunes of the Bark N Blues festival will be howling in a different location this year.
The annual celebration of four-legged friends and blues music had been held at Prairie Village’s Franklin Park — just down the street from founder Kent Kraus’s Somerset Animal Clinic — since its inception. But this year the event is moving to the Veterans of Foreign Wars facility at 8804 Grant St. in Overland Park, just off 87th Street behind the Johnson County Central Resource Library.
The change in venues, says Melissa Anderson of Kraus’s office, comes as a way to help the event accommodate growth.
“The site is on five acres, so we have more room for the dog walk and for people to just enjoy themselves,” she said.
Anderson said they also hope the new location might alleviate the opportunity for conflict over use of green space while the festival is in full gear. Last year, she said, a baseball team had a practice schedule on the Franklin Park diamond while the festival was under way.
“They were pretty upset,” she said. “We just thought it was time to find a space where we could spread out a little more.”
This year’s lineup will include Katy Guillen and the Girls, the Josh Vowell Band and Crosseyed Cat, among others. The event will run from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, with a one-mile dog walk preceding the music at 9 a.m.