MOUNT VERNON — Each year, 4-H students in K-9 Companions have the chance to compete in the Dog Show at the Knox County Fair.
In the show, there is a Canine Fashion Show in which the students can dress themselves and their dogs up in costumes to match that year’s theme. This year’s theme was Halloween.
Bentley McDaniel, 9, and his dog Paco competed in the Canine Fashion Show as the “cool guy.”
He didn’t have much to say to the News other than that he enjoyed training Paco. This was his first year competing with the 4-H Club K-9 Companions. Overall, it has been an experience for him and his family.
Rachel Light, 12, has been competing in the Canine Fashion Show for three years now. This year she dressed up as a a vet with her injured dog Sunshine.
“I needed a story to figured out how he broke his leg,” she said. “At first, I really couldn’t think of anything then I thought he could have been walking the street one day.”
After that, she said the story just came to her about how Sunshine was hit by a car and she was the doctor who fixed him up. Light has been interested in the medical field, which helped her write her story.
“It helps him trust me more,” she said about her dog and competing in the dog show’s other categories such as Fun Agility and Obedience.
Like McDaniel, this was Alexandra Hammond’s first year doing the Canine Fashion Show with the K-9 4-H Club. Her dog Pixie was dressed a pumpkin.
It wasn’t a lot of work, she said, but she did do some training with Pixie in order to get her ready for the show.
Even though he didn’t compete in the fashion show, Jackson Kidwell, 16, is not shy to the Dog Show circuit at the fair. This is his sixth year showing his dog Izzy, who as been along with him ever year.
“Since I’ve been in for six years, I compete in every category that I really can,” he said. Izzy is extremely good and Kidwell said he couldn’t ask for a better dog.
“She loves doing 4-H. Every time she hears her leash, she comes running,” Kidwell said.
Other categories in the Dog Show include Agility, Obedience, Rally, and events like Musical Sits and Musical Downs, a dog version of musical chairs.
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