2016-06-29 / Local News

S.C. Peach Festival is going to the dogs

Ledger Staff Writer

Retired greyhound racing dogs are among the dogs the South Carolina Peach Festival hopes to help find a happy home. Retired greyhound racing dogs are among the dogs the South Carolina Peach Festival hopes to help find a happy home. The South Carolina Peach Festival will roll out the red carpet July 9 for a dog show celebrating pet owners’ best friends.

Pet owners are invited to the festival’s “Red Carpet Dog Show” at noon on Timken Field at Limestone College. The event will celebrate dogs in events in which each animal will have a chance to shine.

Activities include a dog fashion show, selfie pet photos, a doggie kissing booth and demonstrations by Comfort and Joy Kennels Owner Terry “Stick” Queen. The Gaffney trainer has taken top canines to the Grand Hunt, one of the premier events that features hunting retrievers. He shared his experience in training champion hunting dogs in 2011 on the Pursuit TV show “The Sovereign Sportsman.”

Tom Crabtree, WSPA Channel 7 news anchor, will emcee the dog show.

The cost to participate is $10 for a dog and handler. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children age 12 and younger.

Dogs will be held in a designated holding area until called to participate in the show.

Event organizer Carlton Bridges said owners must make sure their dogs are property fitted with a collar and leash.

“There will no ‘facing off’ of dogs, ‘challenges’ or unsportsmanlike conduct allowed,” Bridges said. “Inappropriate and/or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. Any dog showing aggression to humans, or humans showing aggression to dogs, will be barred from participation.”

Animal Allies will charge a fee to have dogs spayed or neutered.

Event organizers hope the dog show will help a few lucky animals find homes.

Retired greyhound racing dogs will be available for adoption Saturday morning at a dog show sponsored by the South Carolina Peach Festival. Greyhound Crossroads and the local Humane Society are among the nonprofit organizations which will have shelter dogs available for adoption.

“One of the main purposes behind the dog show is to see if we can help get some dogs adopted from the animal shelter,” Bridges said. “There are a lot of dogs in Cherokee County who are unwanted and abandoned by their owners. We would love to find a nice home for these guys.”

Entry forms are available on the festival’s website at www.scpeachfestival.net

For more information, contact Bridges at 838- 1705.

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