I just finished my usual Labor Day Weekend fair “tour“. Every year for the past 6 years I have done dog agility demos at the Scottish Games (www.scotgames.com) at the Altamont Fairgrounds. This year Steve Capporizzo, the Channel 10 weatherman and local rescue dog champion, was back to emcee. Last year he was notably absent, and it just wasn’t the same without him. This is always a big event, there’s a big crowd there to watch agility; but also in general there are tons of vendor booths, food, drink, and clans/societies, and of course the bagpipe bands. The weather was wonderful, and we had Border Collies, Shelties, Cairn Terrier, Golden Retriever, and even Scottish Deerhound to perform agility during the dog show. We also had an unofficial show earlier in the day (a warm up, really, without announcing to the crowd, and open to non-Scottish breeds of dogs). Any time you start running a dog over the agility course crowds form!
On Thursday, for the 5th year in a row (if my memory serves) I also held demos at Kids Day at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham (www.columbiafair.com). This is a great local event, and we have 2 45 minutes shows each year. The crowds were, as usual, large and appreciative, and other than the scary ferris wheel just 20′ from the ring that unnerved a couple of dogs and a brief outing by one dog to get some food a spectator had about 25′ away, all the dogs did very well and really entertained the crowd.
Thanks to all who helped me with both shows. These are a lot of work for me to organize, get participants for, and haul/setup/takedown equipment for. I really appreciate all of my friends and students to come out to help me put on a good show every year!