This past weekend I attended the UKC Dog Show in Kalamazoo, Michigan held at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. It was my first time ever seeing a dog show, so I did not know what to expect. I am an active big brother volunteer with Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS), so I went the event with my little brother for something new to experience. I was amazed at the many varieties of dogs. So many are just so beautiful.
The show was a several day event, and we attended on the final day. So we did not see all the events, but we did see a lot of the judging and competition between breeds, and some of the events on obedience training, etc. One of the most fun events was the ‘Ultimate Air Dog’ competition, where dogs run off a dock into a large pool, and are measured for distance. Some of the dogs were new, and did not jump very far. Others looked like profressionals, and would jump amazingly far. One dog jumped 25 feet!
The event had everything one needs who is a dog lover. They had retail tents for all kinds of dog related products, from beds, to snacks, to chew toys, collars and outfits. These were quite fun to look at too.
There were also some great concession stands featuring the traditional hotdogs, hamburgers, nacho chips, etc. There were a few others that offered BBQ and even one that offered speciality ice cream desserts. So even the casual visitor would find something interesting to eat.
My little brother and I got to meet a lot of dog owners, and we learned a lot of interesting information about the various breeds that were there. The entire experience was a very educational trip for us, and I highly recommend it to people, even if they do not intend to have a dog of their own.
The 18th annual UKC Dog Show was held June 17th – 19th, 2011 which included both indoor and outside venues thoughout the event. Over 100 different breeds of dogs were featured.