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mbrookins
07-23-2008, 08:22 PM
The Manitowoc County Kennel Club’s Hunting Dog Expo is having its tenth anniversary this year. Be sure to mark Saturday, September 6 on your calendar and plan to attend this fun filled event. The Expo is a unique experience where the average hunting dog owner can come and play seven different sporting dog games in one locale. Featured in such publications as The Retriever Journal, Wisconsin Outdoor News, and Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, Hunting Dog Expo 2008 is open to all field breeds and their owners to prepare for the upcoming hunting season.

The Expo is held on some of the finest dog training grounds in the Midwest. Nestled up against the Manitowoc River near the rural community of Valders, WI and conveniently located between Milwaukee, Green Bay, and the Fox Valley (see the event’s website http://www.mc-kc.com for information and a map) the facility has four technical ponds and several large fields to host the event. The grounds are west of Valders off of Highway 151 and Quarry road (turn north).

Wisconsin Outdoor Journal has stated the sporting dog games are “unpressured competition for (dog) owners who want it, but just as important the format is ideal for learning and preseason tune-up.” The highlight of the day is the presentation of the David G. Meisner Memorial Trophy to the day’s most successful gun dog. Dogs and their handlers participating in the variety of fun, simulated hunting scenarios and games, held throughout the day, will determine this.

Participants have numerous opportunities at raffle prizes, awards, and silent auction items thanks to the support and generosity of current and past supporters such as Mueller’s Retriever Kennels, Sportdog Brand Products, Lese Farms “The Pheasant Ranch”, totalretriever.com, The Sportsman’s Warehouse, Eukanuba, The Pointing Dog Journal, Purina, The Retriever Journal, RFG Distributing – Unleashed Technology, and Tri-tronics.

The gates to the event open at 8:00 AM and the sporting dog games run from 9:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Attendees are encouraged to bring their family, proper seasonal attire and rain gear, water for their dogs, a camera, and lawn chairs. Concessions will be available on the grounds.

Proceeds from the Expo are used to promote and preserve field breeds and sports on both a local and national level. MCKC’s Expo has made past contributions to the Bird Dog Hall of Fame, National Amateur Retriever Club, Ducks Unlimited, the Bird Dog Foundation, Fox Valley Cluster, and Professional Retriever Trainers Association's Land Development Grant.

Pre-registration is not necessary for Expo activities. However, early bird packages are available at a discount and includes a chance for a $100 gas card. For more information call (920) 960-3660. Be sure to visit www.mc-kc.com.

mbrookins
08-25-2008, 09:02 PM
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