To participate in the Poochapalooza “Best in Show” contests, you must pre-register your pooch. All dogs attending must be on a leash. Contest entries will be accepted up to 10 minutes prior to each individual contest on Saturday, July 13, 2013, but pre-registration is much preferred. Forms and lanyard contest participation passes available at the main Poochapalooza Contest Registration Tent at Strawberry Fields Athletic Complex, or download the Contest Entry Form, complete, print, and bring to the M-DOG Contest Booth with entry donation. Contest entry donation is $5 for a single contest, $10 for entry into unlimited contests.
And you won't want to miss this year's Pooch Pie-Eating Contests - two for big dogs and two for small dogs, which is $10 per entrant, with the top finisher earning a blue and all contestants receiving a gift certificate to dine at Dining Dog Cafe and Bakery, courtesy of Owner and contest emcee Dorothy Moore). Contests will occur at the event grounds under the Poochapavilion at the Strawberry Fields Soccer Fields.
Winning dogs will receive a special ribbon, goodies, and the adoration and applause from spectators who will judge the contests. Here are the Best in Show contest categories:
Best Costume I - 10:30 a.m.
(New contest to be determined) - 10:30 a.m.
Best Voice - 10:30 a.m.
Pie-Eating Contests I - 12:30 p.m.
Best Kisser - 12:30 p.m.
Highest Jumper - 12:30 p.m.
Wackiest Pet Trick - 12:30 p.m.
Pie-Eating Contests II - 2:45 p.m.
Best Costume II - 2:45 p.m.
Biggest Dog - 2:45 p.m.
Smallest Dog - 2:45 p.m.
Cutest Ugly Dog - 2:45 p.m.
More about Best in Show Contests
“What good is owning a dog if you can’t dress it up?” This is the chance for your pooch to “strut the runway” in their favorite outfit. Get creative – you know how it is in the world of pet fashion: One day, you’re in; the next day, you’re out!
Does your dog look like a celebrity or famous person, or have a favorite costume or fashion sense that makes them the talk of the dogwalk? Does your dog look just like you? If the answer is “yes” to any of these descriptions, then enter this fun category. If you want to go all out, dress yourselves both up like a famous duo - Dorothy and Toto? Scooby and Shaggy? Bart Simpson and Santa’s Little Helper? (The winner in the photo is "Doggy" Parton.)
Best Distance Catcher
The way this contest works, you, your dog and fellow competitors will line up across from each other at a fixed distance, and you will toss your pet their favorite toy, or a tennis ball or other item to be provided. Each elimination round, the distance between you and your pet will be increased until the last dog standing is the winner.
Highest Jumper Let’s see them dogs’ a leapin’! You can use a favorite toy to draw their nose and hind paws as high in the sky as they’ll go.
Does your dog have the suave approach of a Casanova, or that huggy, overly affectionate out-of-town aunt you only see at 10-year family reunions? Pucker up.
This category “speaks” for itself. We’re looking for that special bark, howl, imitated word, phrase, or musical number.
The next Clifford the Big Red Dog, or Marmaduke? No talent necessary in this contest. If your pet inherited the "big dog" gene, you're in the running! Now, to be clear, biggest is a subjective term here. It doesn't simply apply to height, length, weight or girth. It could be the combination of one or all of these when you size up one dog against another big dog.
Smallest Dog If your dog can fit in a purse, you may have this contest in the bag!
Wackiest Pet Trick
Is your pet’s trick wacky enough to wow the judges and audience? This category is wide open, from balancing a treat on the nose or jumping through and over someone or something, to fetching, performing a sequence of tricks or playing piano.
Cutest Ugly Dog
Can a seemingly ugly little dog be so darn cute that it's lovable? We think so, and so do Poochapalooza spectators who ask us to keep this category in our contest lineup.
If dogs were event planners, they'd do Poochapalooza!