Showsight - July 2021

BARKARITAVILLE 2021

Having judged at a previous March event at the old site, Carol and I were delighted to be invited to par- ticipate in the 2021 event. The judge’s contracts all requested that the judges please wear island costumes and attire to coincide with the events title and its goals for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Licking River and Medina worked very hard to make the event special, and after a year of COVID and shows with masks and social distancing, the state of Ohio lifted the mask requirements and the shows went on—just like in the old days. The cluster had something for everyone. There was an RV decorating contest, an Eye Clinic, Trick Dog, and CGC events. For the Junior Handlers, there was a Juniors Clinic, a Pee Wee Special Attraction and, of course, the Annual Tommy Glassford Junior Memorial Scholarship competition, with significant savings bonds awarded to the winners. The Medina Club held two days of raffles with fan- tastic prizes, and both clubs provided famous frozen Margarita’s during the Groups as well as music all day/ every day to make the event as festive as possible. On Thursday, the show opened to balmy, almost island-like weather filled with cool, gentle breezes, pro- viding a very comfortable day for exhibitors, judges, and the dogs to enjoy. Friday and Saturday were days when a few pop-up storms and showers dampened things, but on both days the Group and Best in Show competitions were held under the sun, with no rain. Sunday closed the event with a very warm but dry and sunny day, and I believe everyone who attended had a great time. To say that moving your show a considerable dis- tance from your normal site is a challenge would be an understatement. Both clubs had to ask their members to travel a significant distance from home in order to work the shows. The Medina Club had to transport their Barkaritaville accessories, including the tiki bar, margarita machines, and many other items to the site. Both clubs also had to deal with a reduced number of member volunteers due to the distance issue. They both, however, got the job done. About half of the judges followed the request and dressed in colorful island attire, much to the delight of many exhibitors. Yours truly embraced the theme and wore grass skirts that brought a whole lot of supportive comments and lots of laughs. Carol and I also embraced the weekend and provided each of our Breed and Group winners with a Hawaiian lei to wear around their necks. The clubs had hoped to fill their limit of 1800 dogs, but with the shows following a week behind Westmin- ster and numerous other shows on the same weekend, the entry was close to 1000 each day, with many out- standing exhibits and some very strong Owner-Han- dled Groups. On Thursday, the Owner-Handled Best in Show winner was a lovely Saluki, GCH Deiconsorti Starlite Appletini RN CGC. Over the next three days, the Owner-Handled Best in Show went to the promis- ing young St. Bernard, GCH Slatons Kid Rock. The regular Groups were filled with high quality, and the Best in Show ring each day was filled with a very

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