Morris and Essex Back In The Day

The dog game is all about traditions and this week, the fancy will flock to the east cost to participate.  First on the agenda is the resurrected Morris and Essex Kennel Club show.  The original was the grandest garden party ever envisioned, Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge's golden age event held from 1927 through 1957.  This year’s event, held on Thursday in Colonial Park in the Franklin Township in Somerset NJ, will be the largest show in the United States this year with 3091 entries.  There will be ladies in hats and gentleman in Harris Tweed.  If you want to get a glimpse of what dog shows used to be like, don’t miss it.

Morris & Essex will be followed on Friday & Saturday by the Hatboro Dog Club & Devon Dog Show Association all breed events in Wrightstown PA & Ludwigs Corner PA respectively.  The nostalgia filled weekend will culminate in the granddaddy of all limited breed shows the venerable all Terrier Montgomery County Kennel Club show in Blue Bell PA.

If you can’t make it to Main Line for the east coast shows, we have some reasonable substitutes.  The Greater Naples Dog Club & the Greater Venice Florida Dog Club offer exhibitors four days of sun and fun starting Thursday in Arcadia FL (about 100 miles SW of Orlando).   Great Lakes residents have their pick of a weekend in Aliquippa PA with the Fort Steuben Kennel Association & the Beaver County Kennel Club, in Wauseon OH with the Fulton County Ohio Kennel Club, or in Morris IL with the Stone City Kennel Club or try the Wright County Minnesota Kennel Club’s two shows in Hutchinson MN.

In the South Central US, your options are weekends in Bentonville AR with the Northwest Arkansas Kennel Club or in Humble TX (just north of Houston)with the Greater Humble Area Kennel Club or four days starting tomorrow with the Mesilla Valley Kennel Club & the Chaparral Kennel Club in Alamogordo NM (200 miles south of Albuquerque NM).  From there it’s 1200 miles to Roseville CA and this weekend’s Donner Trail Kennel Club’s two shows.  (Pack a lunch and avoid hungry looking exhibitors)

We have another shot at paradise, with three shows on the Big Island of Hawaii  in Hilo hosted by the Orchid Island Dog Fanciers Club and the Kona Coast Kennel Club.  So, if you can get there, visit the Morris & Essex Kennel Club show on Thursday.  If not, try one of the other beautiful AKC dog shows.

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