The Lively Family Amphitheater in Oak Hill will ring with the sound of barking dogs on Saturday, May 31 as the amphitheater plays host to the 2nd annual Fayette County 4-H Dog Show.
It won’t be Westminster, but it will be fun, 4-H organizers say.
“It’s a fun show. It’s not an AKC type thing,” said Andrea Mender, WVU Extension agent in Fayette County who works with the county’s 4-H groups.
The competition categories run from Dog with the Waggiest Tail to Dog with the Best Costume. Weenie dog races are planned and pet adoption will be available from the New River Humane Society. A category for Any Pet also will be offered for those who aren’t “dog people.”
Also, the Lively Family Amphitheater will promote the wearing of purple bandanas for those dogs who were adopted or rescued.
Mender says the sponsorship of the dog show is consistent with the tenets of 4-H.
“Things like owning a dog help a child be responsible. All of the things we do are geared to teaching leadership, citizenship, responsibility.
“There’s a purpose in that vein behind (the dog show),” she said.
The dog show, which is sponsored in partnership with the New River Humane Society, starts at 2 p.m. with registration at 1 p.m. Humans are admitted for free; dog class entries are $4.
Following are the guidelines for the show.
1. Water bowls will be available at various locations around the showground.
2. Please do not leave any dog unattended in a car. Dogs die in hot cars.
3. Disruptive and vicious dogs will be dismissed.
4. Please clean up after your dog. An area will be designated for doggy business and bags will be available.
5. Litter bins will be provided around the site. Please use them.
6. Once submitted, entry fees are non-refundable.