The 14th Annual Humane Society Dog Show has been moved back a week to 9 April, and will also move back to the Lower Valley Agricultural Pavilion, the show’s organiser Cathy Richardson said.
‘We want to have as many people as possible attend the event, so we thought we should wait a week past the Easter holidays to have the dog show,’ said Mrs. Richardson.
The show has taken place at the Agricultural Pavilion for the past seven years, but because of damage caused by Hurricane Ivan, the Humane Society planned to stage this year’s dog show at Pedro St. James Castle.
‘It was determined that the Agricultural Pavilion was in good enough condition to have the show this year, plus there’s good parking there and show rings are already in place,’ said Mrs. Richardson.
One change planned for the show that will remain is the earlier start to avoid the afternoon heat, Mrs. Richardson said.
‘The show will start at 9am instead of 10, with pre-registration beginning at 8.’
Mrs. Richardson said there will be fun for the whole family at this year’s show.
‘The dog show has always been about having fun, but this year, particularly, after Hurricane Ivan, we really want it to be fun. Everyone is too stressed these days,’ she said.
Some of the booths already reserved for the show include a snow cone booth run by East End Primary School, a games booth run by the National Drug Council and various food booths.
‘There’s still some space for other food booths if someone calls me soon,’ Mrs. Richardson said.
There are 22 different award categories in the dog show this year. Some of the categories include Best Trick, Best Costume and Best Cross-breed.
Entry fee for each category is $3, down from $4 last year.
Mrs. Richardson said the Humane Society Dog Show is much less formal than shows in other places, and entered dogs often have no formal training.
For more information on the dog show, call Mrs. Richardson on 925-8180.