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A Memorable Memorial Day

I’m on my way to Kalamazoo, MI, for what promises to be a memorable Memorial Day weekend. I will be attending the Apple Blossom Cluster, one of three five-show clusters this week. The Apple Blossom Cluster, a remarkable demonstration of cooperation among the Pontiac Kennel Club, the Holland Michigan Kennel Club, the Grand Rapids Kennel Club, the Kalamazoo Kennel Club & the Greater Muskegon Kennel Club, will challenge the five-day Memorial Weekend Classic in New Castle, PA, hosted by the Laurel Highlands Kennel Association, the Trumbull County Kennel Club & the New Castle Kennel Club. Also offering a five-show option is the Atlantic Shore Memorial Classic brought to you by the Kennel Club Of Northern New Jersey, the Monmouth County Kennel Club, the Plainfield Kennel Club & the Union County Kennel Club.

If five days is one day too much for you, try a four-show stop in Hampton, VA, with the Langley Kennel Club & the Gloucester Kennel Club Of Virginia, or in Hamilton, OH, with the Warren County Kennel Club of Ohio & the Cincinnati Kennel Club, or in Bloomington, IL, with the Illinois Valley Kennel Club of Peoria & the Corn Belt Kennel Club, or in Tulsa, OK, with the Seminole Kennel Club & the
Mid-Continent Kennel Club of Tulsa, or in Pomona, CA, with the Antelope Valley Kennel Club, the San Fernando Kennel Club, the San Gabriel Valley Kennel Club & the Los Encinos Kennel Club.

We also have two split-venue four-day options to interest you. You will have to unpack & repack the SUV, and drive a little farther, but the scenery is glorious. Try doing Friday-Saturday in Casper, WY, with the Central Wyoming Kennel Club, then shuttling over to Laramie, WY, to join the hometown Laramie Kennel Club. Or try Saturday-Sunday in Spokane, WA, with the Spokane Kennel Club, then hurry on over to Coeur D’Alene, ID, for the Coeur D’Alene Dog Fanciers Monday-Tuesday shows. A traditional three-day holiday weekend is available in Placerville, CA, hosted by the Hangtown Kennel Club & the
Kennel Club of the California Sierra, and in Fairbanks, AK, courtesy of the Tanana Valley Kennel Club.

Finally, if you’d rather spend Memorial Day in a more traditional observance, you can still squeeze in a two-day visit to North Fort Meyers, FL, for the Greater Fort Meyers Dog Club’s Saturday-Sunday shows or in St. Peter, MN, for the Key City Kennel Club’s weekend. 

Wherever you spend the weekend, stop and take a moment to thank the brave men and women of our armed services for all they have done to preserve our way of life.  And that’s today’s Back Story.

Written by

Billy Wheeler has been attending dog shows as a spectator and exhibitor for over 40 years. Billy is the man behind the popular Dog Show Poop. He is a retired management consultant who has advised multiple organizations affiliated with the AKC and the Cat Fanciers Association on business management, long range planning, customer service, and legislative matters. After 25 years of living in the big cities of New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, he now resides in his hometown of Memphis TN with his wife, Brenda, her Toy Poodle and his Cairn, Scottie, & IG. When he is not blogging, Billy can be found in the kitchen cooking, and listening to opera.