The Sioux Empire Kennel Club is hosting its annual American Kennel Club Dog Show at the W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds this weekend.
Beginning Friday morning, breeders and handlers from all over the region will be showing their AKC registered dogs, competing for Best in Show.
The dogs will be competing in two categories: Conformation and Obedience. In conformation trials, dogs are judged on their form and appearance. The winners of this category best match the description of their breed. Dogs and handlers are both judged in the Obedience trials.
Many of the dogs competing this weekend have been trained for shows all their life.
The Sioux Empire Kennel Club has hosted this show since 1962. It has grown to one of the largest, most respected dog shows in the region.
"We have many people who come from many different states. This year there is about eight hundred dogs a day. We have people from Iowa, Wisconsin. We have people who come down from Canada. It's quite a show," said the show's chairman Susan Richard.
The show is open to the public and begins at 8:00a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. A Halloween dog costume contest will follow the dog show on Saturday.
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