Dog show attracts strong turnout in Macomb

MACOMB — The final numbers are not in, but planners from last weekend’s dog show are reporting an outstanding turnout.
Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jock Hedblade said he heard very good feedback and witnessed many dog show goers during the two-day show.
“There was constant traffic going in both days,” Hedblade said. “The response was very positive.”
The Burlington Kennel Club hosted the two-day show in the Spencer Recreation Center at Western Illinois University last Saturday and Sunday. It was the third-consecutive year for the American Kennel Club-sanctioned event. Saturday’s show was expanded to include puppies, aged 4- to 6-months old. Kennel club president and show chair Christine O’Brien said the show had enrolled 120 more entries than last year. The show also attracted more than 200 exhibitors from more than 20 states.
“It was great,” O’Brien said. “Our exhibitors had a great time. I had all kinds of comments from the exhibitors and they really enjoyed their time and their stay in Macomb. They were really impressed with the community and facility and they really had good things to say about everything.”
Hedblade said many people who attended remained at the dog show throughout one or both days.
“I think we had a really good attendance this year,” Hedblade said. “We had people that came and stayed all day long. The numbers are up and we’re very happy with the amount of people who came through the door.”
O’Brien also said that the Iowa-based kennel club is already planning to return next year and has hired some of the judges for the next Macomb show.

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