The day after Christmas, will anyone be thinking about entries closing? I have an idea… if you think today about two entry closing dates, then you don’t have to think about entries at all the day after Christmas!
There are eight sets of all-breed shows closing on December 26, in Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. As we reported last week, the first two shows of what will be this year’s Florida Circuit close tomorrow, and next week the next five close. These shows will be held at a new venue, the Greater Ocala Show Grounds. Beginning on Friday, January 11, and running through Tuesday, January 15, 2013, the Florida Gulf Coast Cluster I shows are hosted by the Clearwater, Manatee, Tampa Bay and Pasco Florida Kennel Clubs, respectively. Manatee KC holds a second show on Tuesday. These clubs have the usual things going on – health clinics, the AKC Owner-Handler series, a Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show – but they also offer a few unique little extras to fill the couple of days between the end of their shows and the second part of the cluster in the same location, which starts on Friday, January 18.
At the shows themselves, coffee and donuts will be available each show morning, offered by the clubs and Purina. These shows will be held entirely outdoors, but the clubs offer covered grooming space with electricity at what I think is a reasonable fee. Having cover and electricity makes all the difference at an outdoor site.
Wednesday after Cluster I ends, there’ll be a “golf outing,” and on Thursday, January 17, there will be judges seminars on the show grounds, details of which the premium list says will be available on the cluster website, although at present no such information is found there. Also on Thursday is the “Yard Sale,” where fanciers can bring dog equipment they no longer need and, beginning at 8 a.m. and at no charge, set up a little spot where they can sell said equipment until 2 in the afternoon. That evening there will be a barbecue, where for just $5 per person fanciers can enjoy Mr. Pat’s Famous Food and an evening of camaraderie with fellow dog people. Cluster II, entries for which close January 2, commences on Friday, January 18.
The Florida Circuit is no doubt the most grueling of any in the U.S., but it is thoughtful of these clubs to try to add some relaxing activities for the days between the various shows.
In spite of drawing very small entries last year, in the 400 range, the Golden Triangle Kennel Club of Mississippi is making an effort to put on a show that its patrons will enjoy. At its Saturday and Sunday shows, held at Mississippi State University’s Horse Park and Agricenter in Starkville, Miss., the club offers CGC testing, microchipping and an eye clinic, with a raffle on Saturday that will include many fun items. A B match will take place on Saturday evening, and there will also be obedience and rally trials both days, open to AKC Canine Partners.
Five shows make up the Nickel City Cluster in Hamburg, N.Y., in January. The KC of Niagara Falls kicks off the cluster with shows on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9 and 10, and includes obedience and rally, as well as supported entries in Shorthairs, Goldens and Dachshunds. The KC of Buffalo and Ashtabula KC host the following three shows.
On Saturday the KC of Buffalo will sponsor a Chinese auction to benefit Take the Lead. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, a Chinese auction is actually a combination raffle and auction. These clubs host a microchip clinic on the weekend and Meet the Breeds on Sunday.
The premium list for the Western Washington Cluster includes a detailed list of the seminars offered for 23 different breeds in conjunction with three all-breed shows hosted by the Tacoma, Sammamish and Puyallup Valley clubs Saturday through Monday, January 12 through 14. On Friday at the same grounds there will be specialties for Malamutes, Poodles, Collies and Old English Sheepdogs.
The clubs also offers cardiology, eye, patella and BAER clinics, as well as microchipping. Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food, which sponsors these shows, will hold an armband drawing for a gift basket each day of the four-day weekend.
The Celebrate Virginia Cluster, five shows hosted by Northern Neck KC of Virginia, Greater Fredericksburg and Chesapeake KC of Maryland, and held in Fredericksburg, Va., Wednesday, January 9, through Sunday, January 13, offers 4-to-6 Months Puppy competition on Wednesday, a cardio clinic on Saturday, and a B and Rally match on Saturday afternoon.
Many of the superintendents’ offices will be closed, of course, on Monday and Tuesday in observance of the Christmas holiday, although one can always make entries early or get them in using online entries.