MARION – Marion is going to see the dogs this weekend with the 64th Crab Orchard Kennel Club Dog Show.
The show will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pavilion, 1602 Sioux Drive.
“We have 460 dogs registered for Saturday and 490 registered for Sunday,” said Cheri White, president of the Crab Orchard Kennel Club.
White was the deputy chairman of the show committee. She stepped in as president when Donna Davison fell ill.
The event began on Friday evening with the Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog tests.
The event consists of two separate conformation shows, one Saturday and one Sunday. Following Saturday’s Best in Show competition, a puppy show, Advanced Canine Good Citizen and Urban Canine Good Citizen testing, as well as Trick Dog, are scheduled.
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White explained that the club is affiliated with the American Kennel Club. This means that the purpose of the dog show is to select breeding stock, such as judging sheep or cattle at a county fair.
“A lot of people call a dog show a beauty contest, but it’s not. The judge has written standards for a breed and the dogs are judged against that standard,” White said.
Each breed is first judged against other dogs of the same breed and a best of breed is chosen. The best of the breeds are then judged against the other dogs in their groups. The show has seven groups: Sporting, Working, Hound, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, and Herding.
The winners of the seven groups will be named best of the group. Group winners will continue to compete for the best of the show.
Best in Show means the dog that is the best example of the breed standards for its breed.
“The end result is a best of show. Everybody’s a winner at 8:30 a.m.,” White said.
They will also go through the process of judging dogs handled by their owners.
The Crab Orchard Kennel Club will host a young handlers show on Saturday and Sunday. The winner of each day’s contest will receive a $300 scholarship to use for college or trade school.
White said people are welcome to come watch the shows. Pets will not be allowed in the pavilion for their safety. She said show dogs travel and can expose pets to germs they might not otherwise catch. Companion dogs can also be stressed in the atmosphere of the show.
The show includes vendors in the pavilion lobby. “They have all the dog stuff you would want,” White said.
Food will also be available at the Pavilion.
The club will hold a raffle for dog-related items. Tickets will be sold out Saturday and early Sunday. Prizes will be awarded Sunday at 10 a.m. A 50-50 draw will take place at the same time.
For more information, visit the Crab Orchard Kennel Club Facebook page.