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A Memo from the Meadowlands Specialty Association

The Meadowlands Specialty Association (MSA) would like to share this information on their upcoming event held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday (2/8-2/10) preceding the Westminster Kennel Club.

Information on our 28 Specialties, Limited Group and Obedience events that are held approximately 3 miles from the Piers, being located just across the Hudson River in Secaucus, NJ, can be found here: http://www.raudogshows.com/html/upcoming-shows.html

There are still rooms available at the Holiday Inn Harmon Meadows where many of the larger breed exhibitors love the location for the free parking, grassy areas and great food options. The drive to the piers is via the Lincoln Tunnel…the first exit once exiting the tunnel. CarsLincoln Tunnel (from 95) – take 40th St. to 10th Ave. and a left on 55th St. (directions on the WKC judging program).

We have called the Meadowlands Exposition Center our home for many years and our exhibitors understand due to the size of the venue we have limitations and have had restrictions on unentered dogs being brought into the center.

We also understand similar logistical concerns of the new venue for The Westminster Kennel Club affect the unloading of dogs into their site starting on Sunday morning. The clubs have been asked to provide some assistance to those who are affected in properly housing their exhibits. Our events will be hosting almost 2,000 entries over the weekend. Our Great Dane member club will not be holding their Specialty for this year only, as they are part of the clubs hosting the 2013 national. Our members have agreed to release the space normally allotted for their club use to be able to offer those who need a place to keep an unentered dog for the weekend. They had 65 Danes last year and we can accommodate a similar number to fill their footprint.

The building is available from Friday morning at 7:00 am until 7:00 pm Sunday night. You will need to strictly adhere to stacking of crates and having proper contact information on every crate. The fee for this option will be $50.00 per dog for the entire length of the events. Please contact Ann Marie Kubacz at: rsetter@att.net to confirm space. We will attempt to accommodate any requests while space allows. All dogs being accommodated will need to be identified or risk the established penalty of a fine of $100.00 for an unentered dog.

We will continue to offer bus service from the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York to the Meadowlands Exposition Center on an hourly schedule Saturday and Sunday only. The first bus will depart 33rd. St and 7th Ave at 7:00 am Saturday and the last bus returns from the Meadowlands’ Expo Center at 7:00 pm that night. The same hours for Sunday will be in effect. This is offered at a very reasonable cost of $20.00 round trip and dogs are permitted with the expectation they will be properly contained and controlled. No reservations are needed and one should expect some inconsistencies in times during peak hours, and plan accordingly. Just look for the bus with the MSA sign on the windshield or door.

We look forward to seeing you at our events and hope this information was of some assistance to make the adjustments of this year’s new WKC format a smoother experience.

Please feel free to cross post this information on your breed lists and via your social media affiliations.

Thank you from the clubs of the MSA!

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