The Brandon Florida Kennel Club Inc., a nonprofit organization, will be holding its annual all-breed dog shows beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Florida Strawberry Festival Expo Hall, 2508 W. Oak Avenue.
On Sunday, the Best in Show trophy will be presented by Plant City Mayor Rick Lott.
The shows are approved by the American Kennel Club. At shows, dogs are judged against their individual breed’s standards. Each winner is awarded from one to five points based on the number of entries in its respective breed. These points advance a dog towards its Champion title.
Over the course of the day, the entrants are narrowed down to a single dog: Best in Show.
In addition, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series will be offered on both Saturday and Sunday, with one handler and dog winning Best Owner-Handled in Show.
In the Junior Showmanship competition, children 9 to 18 will exhibit their own dogs as they compete for prizes by displaying their skills in handling dogs.
Admission is free for all visitors. Parking is $5 per car. There will be concessions featuring many dog and pet-related items, such as food, toys, books and magazines, as well as vendors offering a variety of breakfast and lunch items.
Last year, there were 756 dogs entered representing 125 different AKC-recognized breeds.
For more information call show chairman, LaWayne Wyatt, at (813) 741-0193.