Be sure to mark Saturday, August 24, 2013 on your calendar and plan to attend the Manitowoc County Kennel Club’s Hunting Dog Expo. This is the Club’s annual ‘fun with your hunting dog’ event where the average hunting dog owner can come and play six different sporting dog games in one locale. 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. The kennel club grounds are nestled up against the Manitowoc River near the rural community of Valders, WI (intersection of Quarry Road and Hwy. 151) and conveniently located between Milwaukee, Green Bay, and the Fox Valley (see the event’s web site http://www.mc-kc.com/html/hunt_expo.html for information and a map).
Like previous Hunting Dog Expo’s the sporting dog games are the real attraction for handlers and their dogs. Those games range from flushing a live game bird to single and multiple retrieves on both land and water. Some games are set-up to simulate an average day in the field. Other games test specific skills including retrieving game to hand. Attendees of the day’s event can run every game once or concentrate on specific games. All games can be attempted and run as many times as they wish. Pre-registration for the sporting dog games is not necessary to participate. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the event.
The Expo has been a fun and favorite event for sporting dog owners to test their skills prior to the upcoming hunting seasons. There is an opportunity for those dog and handler teams having a competitive side. The games are timed or scored by club members for points that count toward placements for each game. The highlight of the day is the presentation of the David G. Meisner Memorial Trophy to the day’s most successful gun dog.
Participants have numerous opportunities at door prizes, raffle prizes, awards, and silent auction items thanks to the generosity of supporters such as Purina, Tri-tronics, and totalretriever.com.
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.