For lovers of poodles and pooches, the Old Fort Cluster Dog Show at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, November 2-6, will be THE place to be in Fort Wayne.
The Northeastern Indiana Kennel Club (NEIKC) organizes the annual event, one of the largest fall dog shows in the Midwest, featuring over 150 registered breeds.
The Old Fort dog show is actually four dog shows in one, over five days, hosted by the NEIKC, the LaPorte County Kennel Club, the Sturgis (MI) Kennel Club and the Marion (IN) Kennel Club. Show hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, with Best in Show awarded at the end of each day’s judging.
This five-day dog show will not only showcase some of the most popular breeds in the country, but will also give the public the opportunity to speak to owners, breeders and handlers about these breeds. Some of the top show dogs in the country will be in Fort Wayne for this family-friendly event, so come and see some of the same dogs you will see at the Westminster Kennel Club show.
These special competitions will be offered at this year’s shows: A Best Veteran Competition on Thursday, November 3, a Best Puppy Competition on Friday, November 4 and a Best Bred By Exhibitor Competition on Saturday, November 5. On Saturday, November 5, the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Exam and Eye Clinic with CERF exam will be offered. Also on Saturday, November 5, a Puppy Match will be held following Best in Show. The German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America will host Specialty Shows on Wednesday, November 2, Thursday, November 3, and Friday, November 4. Specialty shows will be hosted by the Komondor Club of America on Thursday, November 3, and the Parson Russell Terrier Association on Sunday, November 6.
More than 25 vendors from all over the country will be offering dog related items such as jewelry, collectibles, clothing, grooming and training supplies, custom leads, leashes, and collars, dog toys, vitamins and much more. Admission for the show is free, however organizers ask that everyone attending bring a pet food item that will be donated to the Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne.
Photo Credit: The illustration was drawn by Brenda Mann, look forward to visiting her booth at this years show.
To learn more about the Old Fort Cluster Dog Show and to view breed showing times, visit www.neikc.org.