Leaping dogs will join dozens of fellow artists in South Park for this Sunday's Art in the Park.
The Alpo Canine Frisbee Disc Championships will take off at 2 p.m. in the park, southwest of 11th and Massachusetts streets.
"There is an art to it -- how you catch it, how you throw the Frisbee," said Duane Peterson, the city's special events supervisor. "There's definitely an art to it."
The contest has grown steadily during the past five or six years, Peterson said. Last year's event drew eight contestants and 400 spectators to South Park.
"It's entertainment," he said. "It's a great addition to Art in the Park."
The contests are fast-paced, with each dog owner having 60 seconds to throw a Frisbee into a specified area where a dog attempts to latch on with its teeth.
Points are awarded for accurate throws, leaping catches and on-target landings. Winners move on to regionals May 18 in Dallas, which then feed into the world championships Sept. 28 in Washington, D.C.
Contestants don't need experience -- only a person able to throw a Frisbee and a dog able to catch one with its mouth. Official Frisbees will be provided for the competition.
Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the South Park Recreation Center, 1141 Mass. For more information, contact Peterson at 832-7940.