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All-Breed Dog Show in Gettysburg

PHOTO CAP: Owner-handler Karrie Hefner of Greencastle, Pa. has the full attention of her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Kushinda's Poppy, as they prepare to line up in the show ring.

All-Breed Dog Show in Gettysburg

From a 4-lb. Chihuahua to a 150-lb. Saint Bernard-and almost every shape and size between-over 1,000 dogs will compete for the coveted Best In Show ribbon when the Chambersburg Area Kennel Club (CAKC) hosts its 22nd All-Breed Dog Show on Saturday, December 6.
Held at the Allstar Events Complex at 2638 Emmitsburg Rd. near Gettysburg, the show begins at 9am and finishes with the selection of Best in Show around 5pm.
Admission to the show is free and spectators are welcome. On-site parking is $5 per vehicle, and parking is free after 12 noon. A variety of food is available at the show.
"The dog show offers a full day of entertainment for anyone interested in dogs," said show chairman and CAKC board member, Fran Calverase. "Dog shows are increasingly popular on TV," he said, "but there is nothing like the excitement of seeing a dog show up close and personal."
Selecting one "best in show" winner from over 1,000 entries may seem impossible, but the process is very organized, Calverase said. "Throughout the day, each individual breed holds competitions. Breed winners are divided into seven groups or categories, and the seven group winners compete for best in show."
Dog show participants often travel many miles to enter their dog in a show. "However," said Calverase, "the big shows offer a lot to see and do for anyone who likes dogs, owns a dog, or wants to own one."
Spectators enjoy watching the competitions and rooting for their favorites in the ring. Families can meet and pet a lot of dogs-more than 125 different breeds participate in the show. For prospective dog owners, the event provides an opportunity to talk to breeders and learn about various kinds of dogs.
And for some visitors, it's all about the shopping. A dog show is a great place to find holiday gifts for four-legged friends-or their owners. Canine-themed art, jewelry and decorative items, doggy beds, toys, treats, grooming tools, pet enclosures and other necessities are available from a variety of vendors.
For more information, call Fran Calverase at 717-369-5868 or visit the CAKC website at

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