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Dog show to be hosted at Big Sandy Superstore Arena July 6

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The Big Sandy Superstore Arena is going to the dogs.

And that's a good thing.

The Huntington Kennel Club will have its 93rd and 94th American Kennel Club dog shows in Huntington from 8 a.m. until Best of Show (usually about 4:30 p.m.) on Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7.

Admission is $5 and $3 for seniors and children under 15 are free. The dog shows will bring in about 500 dogs and owners from as far away as New York and Texas.

Kyle Fisher, a Huntington Kennel Club member for 46 years, said the show is a lot of fun for area dog lovers to come check out since they can watch about 100 different breeds of dogs strutting their stuff.

Fisher said they implore folks to come out and support the show and the club since they took a $4,000 loss on the show last year and need to have people attend to make sure the show continues.

"This is the 93rd and 94th show that the Huntington Kennel Club has hosted and that's why we think it would be so bad if we could not make money enough for it to continue," Fisher said. "I would really hate to see this club go under but we can't afford to lose $4,000 a year. One more year like last year and we are out of business."

Fisher, who first gained recognition back in the 1970s with her bulldog, Nugget, said the back-to-back shows have a great economic impact on the community. In fact, the American Kennel Club did a study about six years ago that said a show the size of Huntington's pours about $2 million in economic impact over a weekend run.

"We didn't have as many people as we did when we were over at the Field House," Fisher said. "People are easy to train and difficult to untrain."

One thing that Fisher said should prompt folks to come out is to get to see some of the European breeds now sanctioned in the U.S.

"We want to encourage the public to come out, and we are trying to build interest in pure breed dogs in the Huntington area," Fisher said. "Come out and see some of the new breeds that have been approved like the Cane Corsa. They are huge, and when they move the good ones look like they are floating. It's like that same thrill I get when I see the Clydesdales and the full hitch."

In addition to the Cane Corsas, Fisher said there are also several other unique breeds coming like the Leonberger.

From 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, the Magic Alley Kennel Club will be having a puppy match with registration beginning at 3 p.m. and the show at 6:30 p.m. for puppies who are six months and younger.

"They are something that's real cute to watch and its what breeders use to train dogs for a show career," said Fisher.

Find out more about the event on online at www.bigsandyarena.com and click onto events.