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Hundreds of puppies gathered in Williamsburg for cuteness overload

Hundreds of dogs gathered by the waterfront in Williamsburg on Sunday for BarkFest, a doggy palooza that took the word cute to a whole new level. Celebrity pups mingled with regular folk as parents tended to their little ones. They tried out agility courses, entered hot dog speed eating contests, cooled off in the splash zone, and admired (but mostly ignored) dog-friendly fireworks.

"I'm always looking up cool, fun things to do with Zook," said Staten Island resident Melissa Hawkins, 27, of her 4-month-old pit bull. "We're having a really good time."

Zook happily gobbled up a hot dog, easily winning the speed eating contest for his weight class.

"Everything is food to him," Hawkins said. "That was a perfect contest for him to win. Hands down."

Cody, a year-and-a-half-year-old Bichon, sits in his little
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Cody, a year-and-a-half-year-old Bichon, sits in his little beach chair, shaded from the sun, at BarkFest in Williamsburg on Sunday.

Cody's mom, Jessica Marano, 29, said she hopes
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Cody's mom, Jessica Marano, 29, said she hopes the Bichon will be able to socialize with other dogs.

"I hope I get a lot of treats," Marano said Cody was thinking.

Milo, a 7-month-old rescue from Tennessee, waited in
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Milo, a 7-month-old rescue from Tennessee, waited in line to try the agility course.

"We try to take him to all the dog parks," said Ronkonkoma, New York, resident Krystie Lukas, 24, adding she hoped to "get him really tired because he's crazy at home."

Milo, from Ronkonkoma on Long Island, tries out
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Milo, from Ronkonkoma on Long Island, tries out the agility course during BarkFest. Milo might have a bit of work to do to master the course...

Celebrity dogs gathered for BarkFest. Hazel Bear (who
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Celebrity dogs gathered for BarkFest. Hazel Bear (who has more than 2,900 fans on Facebook) and Shaggy (who has more than 5,100 followers as NYYANKEEDOG on Instagram) pose for photos.

Shaggy, a Maltipoo, has amassed several celebrity friends, including former NY Knicks player Amar'e Stoudemire and rapper T.I.

Hazel Bear is an expert snuggler and treat connoisseur, according to her business card.

Contestants for the hot dog speed eating contest
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Contestants for the hot dog speed eating contest take their stands.

Zook, a 4-month-old pit bull from Staten Island,
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Zook, a 4-month-old pit bull from Staten Island, won the hot dog eating contest. It wasn't much of a contest since the other contestants seemed too overwhelmed to eat...

Milo, from Ronkonkoma on Long Island, competed in
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Milo, from Ronkonkoma on Long Island, competed in the hot dog speed eating contest, but didn't seem interested in the treat.

King Cody, a Pomeranian, was happy to be
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King Cody, a Pomeranian, was happy to be at BarkFest, despite the record heat.

Alea Barnes, 26, fed water to her Pomeranian,
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Alea Barnes, 26, fed water to her Pomeranian, King Cody, who is just over a year old. The royal pup took a break from the heat in his leopard print stroller and took in the crowds.

Pups took in the view of the skyline
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Pups took in the view of the skyline at BarkFest on the Williamsburg water front on Sunday.

Visitors to BarkFest were invited to make their
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Visitors to BarkFest were invited to make their own BarkBox, a collection of toys and treats for all kinds of pups.

Visitors checked out the dog-friendly fireworks, made up
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Visitors checked out the dog-friendly fireworks, made up of of LED lights.

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