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Playful pets brave heat for day at the fair
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Winning first place in the costume contest was Adaline, a black Miniature Schnauzer owned by Debbie George. - photo by Lacy Garrison

Alexandria Bonner, 13, took overall Best of Show at the 2019 Warren County A&L Fair Dog Show with Trigger, a chow mix. 

Three judges scored participants in showmanship, obedience and obstacle course, while cheers from the audience determined the overall winner.

“He’s a 3-year-old rescue,” said Bonner proudly. “We got him at the animal shelter.”

The Warren County A&L Fair Dog Show was held Saturday morning at the fairgrounds under the grandstand. Around 15 dogs of different breeds and sizes showed up to participate. 

For the dog costume contest, outfits ranged from pumpkins to hot dogs. Coming away with the first place blue ribbon was Adaline, a black Miniature Schnauzer owned by Debbie George. Adaline was dressed as a flapper girl complete with black and pink feathers, pearl necklace and sequin headpiece.

In the dog and owner look-alike contest, several participants shared similarities to their pets. Ella Wells and Piper, a Bichon Frise, won first place with their adorable matching floral headpieces. 

“I’m excited to take home a ribbon,” said Ella. “Piper looks so cute as a flower.”

During the obstacle course, dogs had to hop up, balance and walk across two purple benches, weave through cones and jump over a hurdle. Several dogs struggled to jump on the bench and many smaller dogs needed assistance. 

Hollie Fernandez’s standard poodle Luna won first place for her agility on the course.

“It’s great practice for her and we do it for fun more than competition,” said Fernandez. “We did it last year too and I enjoy it.”

The Dog Show was sponsored by Helping Animals of Warren County (HAWC).