Have you ever wondered how big an Irish Wolfhound is? Never met a Portuguese Podengo? And what does a Xoloitzcuintlilook like? You may just find out at the fifth annual Southern Maine Coastal Classic, four days of AKC All Breed Dog Shows and Obedience and Rally Trials running Thursday, May 15, through Sunday, May 18, 2014. All activities begin at 8am each day, outdoors rain or shine, at Wassamki Springs Campground, 56 Saco St, Scarborough, Maine.
York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc and Vacationland Dog Club, Inc invite the public to observe the various activities throughout the day. Admission each day is $4 per vehicle. There is ample parking in and around the campground. Wassamki's snack bars will serve food throughout the day. There will also be vendors selling dog-related items.
Each day’s activities include regular conformation, obedience and rally concluding with a Best in Show winner.
Watch puppies enter the ring for the first time in the 4 to 6 Month Beginner Puppy Competition. Offered only on Sunday, this competition introduces new exhibitors and their puppies ages 4 to 6 months of age to showing in a stress free environment separate from the regular judging. AKC-recognized and “rare breeds” are eligible to compete for points toward a Certificate of Merit. This competition offers exhibitors more ring experience plus gets puppies socialized at a critical stage in their lives. Junior handlers are important to the future of the sport so we offer Junior Showmanship all four days. Open to children 9 to 18 years old, with Open and Novice classes, the child is judged on his/her ability to handle and present the dog rather than the dog being judged.
In addition to the regular activities, on Friday we present the Best Bred By Exhibitor Competition. This is open to non-champion dogs, and the person handling the dog must be the owner or co-owner and breeder of the dog. For spectators this is an ideal way to see a particular breed and meet the breeder.
Saturday is a full day with a specialty and sweepstakes show hosted by the Pine Tree State Doberman Pinscher Club, Inc, and supported entries by the Bearded Collie Club of America, Inc. In addition, the Welsh Corgi Club of America, Inc will support their entries and have a sweepstakes. The new Maine Golden Retriever Club will support their entries as well. Also, we honor the older show dogs with a Best Veteran Competition. Open to dogs 7 years old and over, they compete in the veterans class, then veterans Group and finally a Best Veteran in Show is selected before Best in Show at the end of the day. After Best in Show the Maine Golden Retriever Club will hold a “Goldens only” match. For information on this new club or the match go to http://www.mainegoldenretrieverclub.org/.
Sunday resumes with regular activities as well as supported entries by the Pine Tree State Doberman Pinscher Club, Inc and the Bearded Collie Club of America, Inc.
While at the show, feel free to roam around Wassamki Springs campground area. Located just minutes from the heart of Portland, South Portland and the Casco Bay area, Wassamki offers spacious camp sites, modern laundry and restroom facilities, full RV hook-ups and many family activities. Visit their website at www.wassamkisprings.com for more information. Founded in 1945, Vacationland Dog Club, Inc is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of purebred dogs through public education and responsible dog ownership. For more information on upcoming events, becoming a member or checking the latest club news and events, go to http://www.vacationlanddogclub.org/.
York County Kennel Club of Maine, Inc is a not-for-profit organization whose goals are to protect and advance the interests of purebred dogs through AKC performance events and community education activities. For more information about this show cluster, directions to Wassamki Springs or any of the featured dog clubs go to http://www.yorkcountykennelclub.org.
$4 per carload each day