Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Multiple Dog Shows to Hit City in August ; Shows: First Activities Will Include Training for Handling, Judging

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Multiple Dog Shows to Hit City in August ; Shows: First Activities Will Include Training for Handling, Judging

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The largest cluster of dog shows in the U.S. returns August 18- 28 to Topeka during Topeka Kennel Club's Capital City Classic dog shows, which are expected to draw more than 1,200 canines.

"Topeka is the best place anywhere close to see some of the finest dogs in the world," said Robert Bostrom, president of the Topeka Kennel Club and Capital City Circuit Coordinator.

The shows will take place in the Kansas Expocentre's Landon Arena while the obedience competition will be in Agriculture Hall, said Michaela Saunders, director of brand strategy for Visit Topeka Inc.

There is no admission charge and parking is free.

The American Kennel Club is offering several opportunities for training because of the number of people on hand for this series of shows, Saunders said.

Vendors of various dog-related products also will be on hand daily.

"Topeka has positioned itself as a perfect place for dog shows. We are centrally located with easy access to major routes heading both east-west and north-south," said Mike Bell, vice president of sales at Visit Topeka. "And we have an active local base in the area who love to bring these shows to our city."

The Topeka Kennel Club began hosting shows in 1950 and over the decades, created the Capital City Classic with support from kennel clubs in Emporia and Manhattan and the Jesse James Kennel Club, which represents parts of Kansas and Missouri. …

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