The 10and The annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Biloxi Beach Classic Dog Show, hosted by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Kennel Club of Gulfport, will be held September 3-5 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Convention Center in Biloxi.
Judging will begin each morning at 8 a.m. with approximately 1,000 entries representing some of the 197 American Kennel Club-approved breeds competing for the Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show titles each day.
Free entry; however, there will be a $5 parking fee per day. This will be the second leg of the Southern Sweep Circuit, three regional shows that also include the Magnolia Cluster, which will be held Aug. 19-22 in Jackson, followed by the Gulf Coast Classic Dog Show Sept. 8-12 in Mobile.
The club will host the Biewer Terrier (Toy Group), which makes its debut this year. The breed became the 197th member of the AKC on January 1, 2021. The show will be held under American Kennel Club rules and will be supervised by Foy Trent Dog Shows. In addition to the Trick Dog and Canine Good Citizen tests, Junior Handler and National Owner-Handled Series competitions will also take place during the three days of the show. There will also be a Pee-Wee event where kids ages 5-9 will have the opportunity to show off their dogs in the ring. Vendors will also be on hand with treats and supplies for your four-legged family members.
Several specialty breed shows will also take place during the Classic, including the US Australian Shepherd Association, English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, Cajun Australian Shepherd Association, Boxer Club of Louisiana and Boston Terrier Club of Louisiana.
According to statistics provided by the AKC, a three-day show with 1,000 entries can bring about $700,000 to the local economy, or an average of $685 per person. This includes expenses such as accommodation, meals, fuel, etc. The AKC sanctions more than 22,000 events nationwide each year (including more than 160 in Mississippi), which include conformation shows, agility/obedience trials, and more.
Due to space limitations, only show-registered dogs will be permitted inside the building and no strollers or carts are allowed.
Additional information is available on the American Kennel Club website at www.akc.org or the Foy Trent website at www.foytrentdogshows.com. You can follow the MGCKC on its website at www.mgckc.org or on Facebook.
Special thanks to the American Heritage Girls for their help with our setup during the show.