Vermillion will be going to the dogs ­ literally

Vermillion will be going to the dogs � literally by David Lias Dog lovers, mark your calendars.

The Sioux Valley American Kennel Club Dog Show will be held at the Clay County Fairgrounds in Vermillion June 26-27.

Approximately 1,300 dogs will be participating.

"If anybody has watched the Westminster Dog Show on television, it's exactly the same structure as that," said Roberta Rude, secretary of the Sioux Valley American Kennel Club.

The shows will be begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. Sunday.

"There will be approximately six show rings, and different breeds of dog will show, and judges will pick the best of each breed," Rude said.

There are seven basic groups of dogs, Rude said. Starting at approximately 2:30 p.m. each afternoon, "the best of breed winner in all of those different breeds will go into their group, and compete for first place in their group," she said.

The first place winners of each group will then compete for best of show.

"That happens both days," Rude said. "There are two best of shows; there are basically two dog shows, one on Saturday and one on Sunday."

Groups of dogs that will compete on the two days are: working dogs, herding dogs, sporting dogs, non-sporting dogs, terriers, toys and hounds.

Another major component of the show, Rude said, will be an obedience competition.

"We limit our registration, so we have a select number of dogs coming, and they compete at all levels of obedience," she said. "So everything from novice dogs to the utility-excellent, which is the most advanced degree of dog, will be participating."

Rude said the public is welcome to come and watch the show, and may even bring their own dogs to the grounds.

Vendors will be selling a wide range of canine products, from toys and dog jewelry, to leashes, shampoos, and dog food.

Local 4-H'ers will also open their food booth.

"All of the motels in Yankton, Elk Point and Vermillion are full," Rude said. "We have made reservations for 50 RVs that we are accomodating on the grounds, and Jones' deli (Mr. Smith's) will be providing a complimentary breakfast for the judges and workers."

Look for traffic to increase in Vermillion as the weekend approaches.

"We have people coming from as far as New Mexico and Utah to compete," Rude said. "It's a major show."

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