The Bow Wow Bash has become one of the best events in Hendricks County for dogs and their owners. Here are five reasons why you should check out this year's event on Sept. 10:

Fun Activities

Make sure to participate in the Team Theme Costume Contest at Bow Wow Bash.This year's Bow Wow Bash includes entertainment for the whole family, such as a temporary dog park, a parade and dog contests for best kisser, best talent, best dressed, best team theme costume and best of show. Rev. Dr. Gray Lesesne of Brownsburg's Good Samaritan Episcopal Church will even perform a dog blessing.

One of the major highlights of the event is the Misty Eyes Ball Drop at 3 p.m., when the fire department drops tennis balls from a ladder truck. A special dog is selected to choose a tennis ball that will declare the grand prize winner.

Amazing Prize

This year's Misty Eyes Ball Drop Grand Prize Pack is valued at over $600. The prize pack includes a one night stay at the Marriott Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, breakfast buffet for two, two Indianapolis Zoo tickets and parking, two box seats to the Indianapolis Indians, two Brickyard Crossing golf certificates and a $50 restaurant gift card.

Each ball is $10 and can be purchased in advance here.

Food & More

Several food and other vendors will be on hand making it easy to spend the whole day at the bash.

New Family Member

Fifteen rescue groups will have more than 100 dogs and cats up for adoption. What a great opportunity to add a new member to your family while finding a loving pet a forever home.

Great Cause

Proceeds from the Bow Wow Bash will benefit the Misty Eyes Adoption Center, which is currently raising funds to develop a new facility on 3.2 acres in Avon. Last year, the Bow Wow Bash raised more than $9,000 for Misty Eyes.

The Details
Where: Williams Park, 940 S. Locust Lane, Brownsburg, IN 46112
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 10
Cost: $5 suggested donation per person; Kids and pets free.
Website: BowWowBash.com.