Avenue of the Giants,
Humboldt Redwoods State Park

I have arrived here in Oklahoma City for the OKC Summer Classic, and, before I turn my attention to the four all-breed shows here, I decided to look at what’s going on elsewhere in the U.S.

West Coast fanciers actually have lots of choices with shows in both Southern and Northern California, and in Oregon and Washington state. The Southern California Sporting Dog Fanciers will host the limited-breed warm-up Friday in Long Beach, CA, for Saturday’s Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and Sunday’s Long Beach Kennel Club shows. The Lost Coast Kennel Club’s three shows in Ferndale, CA, are reached via one of the most impressive drives in this beautiful country, winding through miles and miles of giant redwoods. Not quite as impressive as the Avenue of the Giants near Ferndale, the routes to Redmond, OR, and Mt. Vernon, WA, hosts of this weekend’s Mount Bachelor Kennel Club and the Bell Vernon Kennel Association, respectively, are still pretty.

There are also plenty of options on the East Coast. The Wampanoag Kennel Club and the Hockamock Kennel Club will kick off a four-day stop in Wrentham, MA, tomorrow, while 300 miles west, in Bainbridge, NY, the Kanadasaga Kennel Club, the Del-Otse-Nango Kennel Club & the Chenango Valley Kennel Club will occupy Thursday through Saturday, and, in the grand split venue tradition of the Northeast, the Susque-Nango Kennel Club will finish out the weekend 25 miles farther west in Whitney Point, NY. In the Mid-Atlantic, the Potomac Hound Club will open Thursday for the Southern Maryland Kennel Club and the
Rock Creek Kennel Club’s four all-breed shows.

Great Lakes residents have three options, the Bushy Run Kennel Club’s two in Vandergrift, PA, the hometown Lima Kennel Club’s duo in Lima, OH, and the Kettle Moraine Kennel Club’s weekend in West Bend, WI.

This skewed distribution of shows is one of the major advantages the Oklahoma City Summer Classic has. Not only are there no shows anywhere else in the nation’s mid-section, Oklahoma City is the only venue this week with easy airline access, as well as easy freeway access. If you are here in Oklahoma City, look for me in the show hall, but if you are lucky enough to be in Ferndale, CA, this weekend, take a moment and walk through the redwoods. It’s an amazing experience. And that’s today’s Back Story.