Pooches of all breeds and abilities were invited to take center stage at a dog festival in May. Dogs are invited to take part in the Derbyshire County Show family dog event next month, where rosettes will be given to four-legged friends in categories such as wagging tail.
It will take place at Elvaston Showground, near Derby, on June 26, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Its organizers promise that the show will be a great day out for all ages. But this year’s event is the first to have pets on stage.
Edward Hicklin, chairman of the Derbyshire County Agricultural and Horticultural Society, which organizes the show, said: ‘No matter what breed most dogs really enjoy taking part in these activities and it is particularly enjoyable when a youngster enters their pet. and they walk out with a rosette, grinning from ear to ear.
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“As well as companion classes, there is also a section for pedigree breeds, whose owners have to travel many miles to show off their pets. So many people have had a dog during lockdown because it was an excuse for them to go out and get some exercise, so we expect to see quite a few people bring their dogs in the daytime.”
As well as domestic animals, visitors to the 140th Derbyshire County Show can also expect all the traditional elements that have become the norm, including animal husbandry, farming and country living. But new this year will be the Shetland pony race, giant tortoises and a performance by the Welsh Axemen lumberjack sports team.
Attendees can also expect a food festival featuring top local producers, equine competitions, alpaca walks, vintage vehicles and fly fishing demonstrations. For full details and to purchase advanced show tickets, which are free for accompanied under-16s, visit the Derbyshire County Show website.
Dogs can be entered during the day. It costs £2 per dog, per class, or £5 for three classes per dog.