Columbia Missouri Kennel Club's annual dog show opens Saturday

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 | 5:59 p.m. CST; updated 6:28 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA — The city of Columbia will become a doghouse for nearly 1,000 dogs and their owners this weekend. 

Columbia Missouri Kennel Club will hold the 2013 All Breed Dog Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Central Missouri Events Center (formerly the Boone County Fairgrounds). A separate show will occur each day with some dogs participating in both. A best in show award will be given after each show. 

What you need to know

What? 2013 All Breed Dog Show

What will you see? The event will include competitions based on a dog’s beauty determined by breed, its obedience and the completion of an obstacle course.

Where? Central Missouri Events Center, 5212 N. Oakland Gravel Road.

When? The show will begin at 8 a.m. and will continue until 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

How much does it cost? Admission is $2 for adults and free for children 12 years and younger. 

About 965 dogs of varying breeds will compete in each show. Some dogs will participate in multiple events both days, bringing the total number of entries to about 1,000 each day of competition, an increase from previous years, Carol Sommers, kennel club president, said.  

A dog show the size of the one held in Columbia has a local economic impact of about $400,000 when hotel expenditures, meals and other expenses are considered, according to a survey conducted by the American Kennel Club.

Some dog owners will join their canine companions in being judged at the competition. There will be an event in which junior handlers, dog owners ages 9 to 18 years old, will be tested on their ability to guide their dogs through the competition.

“It teaches the kids training, responsibility, sportsmanship,” said Raymond Ruetsch, spokesperson for the Columbia Missouri Kennel Club. “It teaches them to grow up to be better citizens.” 

For many participants, dog shows are an important part of their year and offer a sense of community. Sommers has been showing dogs for 41 years. 

“It gets in your blood,” Sommers said. “You meet a lot of people from across the country, and that’s a nice thing. We’re very serious and competitive about what we do, but on the other hand, we’re very good friends.”

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