Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club Helps Sponsor Louisville Dog Show | local news

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A major dog show is coming to Louisville and an Elizabethtown kennel club is responsible for one day of the show group.

The Kentuckiana Cluster of Dog Shows is held Thursday through Sunday at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center in Louisville. Organizer Debbie Hibberd said it was one of the largest dog shows in the country. She spoke to people who came to the event from Alaska and Thailand.

There are about 3,000 dogs a day at the shows, she said.

“One of the reasons it’s so popular is because we have a lot of different events,” she said.

The conformation event that most people recognize as the dogs shown in the ring is just one of the events during the show, she said. Rally, obedience, agility, dock diving and fast CAT competitions will also be held during the four-day run. There are also national special events that feature only one breed of dog, she said.

“We have a lot to offer people and they can come to attend more than one event,” she said.

It is the first time the show has taken place since COVID. In 2020, they were in the middle of the show and had to close it as a precaution, she said.

The event is hosted by three different clubs, the Louisville Kennel Club, the Evansville Kennel Club and the Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club. The show, sponsored by the Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club, takes place on Thursday.

Hibberd is the chair of the show on Thursday and Friday and she said members of the Elizabethtown Club will be helping and hosting on Thursday. She said members of this group organize and direct the show and participate in many events as exhibitors.

In 2019, when shows were last ranked, the Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club was the 10th largest show in the country. The other days also ranked highly.

Alongside the shows, there are vendors who sell items for dogs and people, ranging from dog bowls to jewelry, she said.

Spectators may be present to view the events, but dogs not competing must be left at home per competition and AKC rules. In addition to watching the event, visitors can go to the grooming areas to meet dogs and talk to their owners, she said.

If you don’t like crowds, Hibberd says Thursday or Friday are the best days. Dogs start showing themselves in the morning until they get to the best show, she said.

For information see kentuckianclusterofdogshows.org or find her on Facebook.

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