Annual dog show to take place next weekend at Appalachian Fair Grounds

Hannah Swayze • May 13, 2018 at 10:33 PM

Whether you insist on watching the famous Westminster Dog Show on television every year, or you’re just a dog lover in general, if you’re looking to learn about about and see different breed, this weekend, there’s a show for you. 

Dog-lovers can see all kinds of different breeds in action at the 79th and 80th annual Greater Kingsport Kennel Club AKC Licensed All-Breed Dog Show May 19-20 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds.

This dog show is a unique event for the Tri-Cities.

"There are shows in Asheville (North Carolina and) Waynesville and those are the closest shows. Btu if you're in the Tri-Cities area this is the only dog show there is," Pam Jones, the assistant show chairwoman, said.

Registered to compete both days are over 680 dogs from all different breeds from across the country. The show will host 119 different breeds or varieties of dogs from common breeds, such as boxers, pugs and bulldogs, to more unique varieties like Affenpinschers and Basenjis.

The show is family-friendly with food trucks, a few vendors and plenty of dog experts to talk to. Jones said children love to come out and see the dogs and talk to the owners. There will also be a raffle in which attendees can buy tickets for items including a dog bed and other dog-themed prizes.

"We encourage local spectators. It's a good way to see different breeds and see what breeds might be right for your family," Jones said. 

Beyond the showings and activities, a Fast Coursing Ability Test event will be held both days where dogs run a 100-yard dash. Dogs earn points based on their handicapped speed (handicapped by height) and titles are awarded when a dog accumulates a given number of points.

Breeds will begin showing at 8 a.m. both days with group judging beginning a around 2:30 p.m.

"It’s a great family event to meet different breeds" said Jones. "You'll see some unusual dogs, some you've never seen before," said Jones.

Just a few things to remember the day of the show:

• No strollers are allowed at the show.

• Pets not being shown should be left at home. Only dogs competing will be allowed.

• Cell phones must be silenced while around show rings.

Admission to the show is free, but there is a parking of $5. For more information about the Greater Kingsport Kennel Club and a full schedule for the show, visit its website at www.gkkc.org.

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