Jefferson County fairgrounds go to the dogs.
And this is a good thing.
This weekend marks the return of the Friendship Cluster AKC All-Breed Dog Show to Friendship Park.
It will attract competitors from across the United States, Canada and other parts of the world to the Smithfield area.
More than 800 dogs and 160 breeds are expected for the three-day event, which opens on Friday.
Officials from the presenting organizations — the Fort Steuben Kennel Association and the St. Clairsville Kennel Club — said competition is at the heart of the event.
Dogs and their handlers will compete for top conformation honors, and there will be puppy-focused events.
Competitors will also take obedience trials and rally trials, and dogs can take part in a trick dog certification event and can test their dog’s mannerisms.
The activities will give residents of the tri-state area the chance to see the dogs in action, whether they are being judged against the standards set for their particular breed, performing obedience tasks or maneuvering an obstacle course. obstacles.
There will be events for pure breeds and mixed breeds.
Dockside dive shows will be held daily and a rabies and microchipping clinic is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
There will be vendors, drawings and a fun match hosted by the Steel Valley Chihuahua Fanciers.
When it all wraps up on Sunday, area residents will have had a chance to see their favorite breed in action and learn about the different breeds.
The event will also be an opportunity for people from outside the region to enjoy the Friendship Park, its lake and the kilometers of trails that surround it.
It’s a chance to celebrate man’s best friend while relaxing over Labor Day weekend. Take advantage of it if you can. There are few better ways to spend a day than enjoying the company of dogs.