MGC Kennel Club plans dog show Labor Day Weekend

The 10th Annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Biloxi Beach Classic Dog Show, hosted by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Kennel Club of Gulfport, will be held beginning  Sept. .3-5 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum Convention Center in Biloxi.

Judging will begin each morning at 8 a.m. with approximately 1,000 entries representing some of the 197 breeds approved by the American Kennel Club competing for both Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show titles each day.

Admission is free; however, there will be a $5 per day parking fee.  This will be the second stop of the Southern Sweep Circuit, three regional shows that also include the Magnolia Cluster, held August 19 – 22 in Jackson, then ending with the Gulf Coast Classic Dog Show September 8 – 12 in Mobile.

The club will welcome the Biewer Terrier (Toy group), which makes its debut this year. The breed became the 197th member of the AKC on Jan. 1, 2021. The show will be held under the rules of the American Kennel Club and superintended by Foy Trent Dog Shows.  In addition to Trick Dog and Canine Good Citizen testing, Junior Handler and National Owner-Handled Series  competitions will also take place during all three days of the show.  There will also be a Pee-Wee event where children ages 5 to 9 will have the opportunity to show their dogs in the ring.  Vendors will also be available with treats and supplies for your family’s four-legged members.

Several specialty breed shows will also be held during the Classic, including the U.S. Australian Shepherd Association, the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, the Cajun Australian Shepherd Association, the Boxer Club of Louisiana, and the Boston Terrier Club of Louisiana.

According to statistics furnished by the AKC, a three-day show with 1,000 entries can bring approximately $700,000 to the local economy, averaging $685 per person. This includes expenses such as lodging, meals, fuel, etc.  The AKC sanctions over 22,000 events nationwide each year (including more than 160 in Mississippi), which include conformation shows, agility/obedience trials, and more.

Due to space limitations, only dogs entered in the show will be allowed inside the building and no strollers or wagons are permitted.

Additional information is available at the American Kennel Club website at www.akc.org or the Foy Trent website at www.foytrentdogshows.com.  You can follow the MGCKC on their website at www.mgckc.org or on Facebook.

Special thanks go out to the American Heritage Girls for helping with our set-up during the show.

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