I always go to this show … not because it’s particularly lucky … it’s not. Not because it’s particularly lovely … it’s not, usually at least once during the weekend we have a downpour and then it’s not only hot, but hot and humid. No, I go to this show because it is literally 10 minutes away from my house. That’s driveway to parked in the parking lot, takes 15 minutes if I get lost (which I did the first time I went there after I moved here because I turned North on Route 47 instead of South … who puts a fairgrounds in the middle of town?!)
This year was no exception. I had Mr. Trouble in his summer underwear as a move up, mostly just because Holli Levine had entered Edward. Trouble (as you may remember) had finished his championship the week before and probably deserved to be pulled due to lack of hair, but he needed the practice because he was generally acting like a horse’s butt on the table.
So we get to the show nice and early and show in my LEAST favorite building there, which is dark and rather dirty and ring runs right into the wall which does freak out some dogs. At least that wasn’t a problem on this day.
Our judge was Mrs. Rita Holloway and the entry was Holli’s Edward (Hi-Jinx Sirius Black), Yori’s male Daiko (Daiko No Kyoutenmaru Go) and Trouble moved up to BOB. That was it! So I show Edward in his puppy class, Yori shows Daiko in BBE, and Edward is Winners Dog. I go back in on Trouble who was clearly embarrassed to be shown in his summer underwear, Jonathan comes back in with Edward because Holli doesn’t really want to show Jonathan wins the breed from the classes. He loves to beat me
Fortunately due to the short distance to and from the show, Jonathan and I return home because it’s hotter than you know what at the show. Poor Holly went to the Farmer’s Market because I said she couldn’t come over because the house was not company ready (which is pretty much true most of the time), although I did tell her if she got desperate to come on over. She managed to survive.
I returned later to show Edward in the group and he showed very well for being a puppy and his second time in group, AND outdoors and very hot. He was a good boy.
The following day, we were back again with the addition of JT and MaryAnne Vogt and their new little girl Nara (Tobishi’s I’m Such A Hottie At Nekatzuki) who goes back to the Mouseman which makes her perfect in all ways. Even more perfect than JT’s Hanako
Our judge on this day was Mrs. Sandy Wheat who seems to judge here every other year. Fortunately though, she is a very nice. My only problem with her was that she wiped her hands with antiseptic just before going over Trouble and he wasn’t happy about it, so it was 1 step forward this weekend and 2 steps back for him … but I digress
Edward was WD once again (and we finally got Holli into the ring for BW woohoo, she has these neat shorts that zip bottoms on and voila! pants!), Nara was the only bitch and so she was WB. Trouble was there … Evidently Mrs. Wheat agreed with me that Nara is perfect in all ways because she gave her the breed at her very first show, duplicating what she did two years ago when she gave Nara’s dam a Best of Breed from the classes (2007). 2 years previous to that she gave my Jimmy the breed (2005) but he was a champion so she doesn’t dump specials all time and you can see I was quite serious about her judging shibas there every two years Nara was also obviously Best Puppy. Edward was BOS, so unless you looked at the results online or read my blog, no one can prove he was there!
I decided to hang around and give moral support to MaryAnne in groups (I think she was hoping I would take Nara in for her … yeah me show on grass? I’d really rather not!). So hung all with JT and Mary Anne all day while we were waiting. Trouble did too! Had my handy dandy camera there and shot some of the groups and decided I rather enjoy taking photos. You can see them at http://lyndabeam.zenfolio.com, go to All My Photos, then click on the Fox River Valley KC shows.
At my recommendation, Mary Anne elected to only show Nara in the Puppy Groups. I felt that considering it was her first show and she really wasn’t completely trained, her best shot was in the puppy group and there was no sense in having her melt in the adult group and have nothing left for the puppy group. Yes, it was still quite warm. I was hot and I wasn’t even standing up, much less running around! And a storm was coming!
While Nara did not place, I think she may have finally become lead broken by the time she was done in the group. Pretty much she got out of group, and the downpour began. Ran back to the car (ok, walked fast) and zipped on home in 12 minutes (due to the weather it took a tad longer).
As far as facilities, there are several buildings there, most are kinda dark, and the one that shibas are usually in is dingy as well. The outdoor rings are nice and big, although lumpy. Bathrooms are those portable things, although I believe there are some indoor facilities if you wish to walk around and look for them. There is really only one food vendor that I can recall, although there are a fair amount of other vendors. There is a McDonald’s nearby though, along with other restaurants. This fairgrounds was supposed to be sold, and a new one constructed nearby. Hope it happens, but have heard that the deal fell through, so we may be there yet for a few more years!
Overall, it’s a really close show and I have fond memories of the site because I have won there sometimes, but I sure will be glad if they build a new one with A/C!