New home for an­nual dog show

Or­ga­niz­ers leave Har­bour Grace; event to be held at Bay Arena

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A long­time event at the S.W. Moores Memo­rial Sta­dium in Har­bour Grace has found new digs.

The Con­cep­tion Bay Kennel Club is mov­ing its an­nual dog show to the neigh­bour­ing com­mu­nity of Bay Roberts and the Bay Arena. The evenet is sched­uled for Aug. 9-10.

The move ends a 54-year con­nec­tion to the S.W. Moores and is be­ing seen as another ex­am­ple of another event/ser­vice leav­ing the Town of Har­bour Grace in re­cent months.

“It’s a big change,” said club pres­i­dent Lau­ralee His­cock.

The road to change started when the club went look­ing for a new date for the show. Tra­di­tion­ally, it has been tied to Labour Day week­end in Septem­ber.

This year the show is go­ing a month ear­lier. “It was just to try some­thing new,” said His­cock. How­ever, those who man­age the sta­dium in Har­bour Grace could not give the group an an­swer as to the sched­ule for the month. Dur­ing the same week­end, there are other shows in At­lantic Canada which con­flicted with the Con­cep­tion Bay North event.

“We had peo­ple leave the province and go up there be­cause the num­bers are higher,” said His­cock.

The new week­end makes it the only one of its kind run­ning at the time. Bring­ing dogs in With the CBN show be­ing the only one of its kind on the Aug. 9-10 week­end, the hope is it will bring a few more pets and their own­ers to the event. “We’re try­ing to pull peo­ple in,” said His­cock. Last year, the Con­cep­tion Bay club had 70 dogs ap­pear at their show. That is down from the as many as 100 dogs in the past.

“We love what we do,” said His­cock. “We want to be suc­cess­ful.” Town’s view Har­bour Grace Deputy Mayor So­nia Wil­liams said it is “un­for­tu­nate” the group de­cided to re­lo­cate the show to the Bay Arena. “It’s a sur­prise, re­ally,” she said. Wil­liams also serves as the town’s li­a­sion with the S.W. Moores. She said the town would wel­come the re­turn of the show next year.

On that note, His­cock in­di­cated the de­ci­sion to move the dog show may not be a per­ma­nent one, and the club could look at re­turn­ing next year.

“We thought we would try it this year and see how it works out. That’s just what it’s about,” she said. “There are no hard feel­ings.”

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