The City of Jacksonville, and the parks and recreation department are joining forces to make sure residents of all ages have a fun summer. Next week, the week prior to July 4, has been designated Week of Heroes 2014. Events planned include Pets Are Our Heroes, Toddlers Are Our Heroes, and Swimmers Are Our Heroes.

The first event, “Bark in the Park” will begin at 6 p.m. June 30 at Frog Town Soccer Complex. The entry fee is one bag of dog food. All items will be donated to the animal shelter.

“Bark in the Park” is a funny and wacky contest for dogs. Categories include ugliest dog, cutest dog, best trick and stupidest trick. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. The parade of pets will start at 6:15 p.m.

On July 1, a toddler challenge for children 2-5 will include Nerfball toss, 20-yard dash and obstacle course at the Frog Town Soccer Complex. The registration fee is $5. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Lighting of the torch will be at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, it will be held inside the community center.

PARD director Janis Burns said this is probably the cutest event to watch.

On July 2, a Splish-Splash Fun Day will feature wacky wet water games at the city pool from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The cost is $1 per person. It will be aired live remote by K-98 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Week of Heroes 2014 will lead up to Jaxfest. In its fifth year, Jaxfest will be July 3 at the Jacksonville High School Stadium. Gates will open at 4 p.m. and activities will begin at 5 p.m. Events include a teen challenge and games including a tug of war.

The Calhoun County Community Band will perform. The day will end at 9 p.m., with fireworks. In case of rain, the event will be held July 5.

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