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Barktoberfest Brings Dogs To Competition In Sonora
A variety of competitive events are planned for dogs of all ages and breeds at the Barktoberfest, scheduled in Sonora on Oct. 12 and 13. Photo Contributed

The Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club brings dog lovers a special event: Barktoberfest. Hundreds of dogs and their owners will get the chance to show off their skills on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, 220 Southgate, Sonora. Event hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The event is great for the whole family with free admission and just a $5 parking fee. Dogs that are not entered in competitions are not permitted on show grounds.

Spectators will be able to meet and greet a variety of different dog breeds. Visitors can learn about responsible dog ownership and speak with breeders, owners and handlers. They can also watch the judging of various breeds in Conformation and cheer for their favorite. Each day obedience and rally trials will test dogs’ understanding of commands, as they maneuver hurdles and retrieve articles. Guests can watch dogs challenge their nose, speed, agility, and surefootedness during a Barn Hunt competition on both days.

Puppies will be getting started in the sport in the AKC Sanctioned 4 and under 6 Months Puppy Competition. Owner-handlers will compete in a special series called the National Owner-Handled Series on both days.

There will be family-friendly activities, Youth Art Show entries on display for visitors, as well as raffles.