CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Christmas in Canfield — that’s the theme of the 26th annual Steel Valley Cluster Dog Show, which could have up to 2,000 dogs this year.
“We have over 163 AKC recognized breeds that will be here represented,” said Gael Damron, coordinator of Steel Valley Cluster. “We have almost 2,000 dogs at our highest peak on Saturday.”
Over 30 vendors are registered for the show.
Debbie Kovalchick loves showing dogs, but she says it takes a special type of committed person.
“It is a roller coaster of emotion. You have highs and lows, and when you win there is no feeling like it,” Kovalchick said. “There is really no money involved. It’s about ribbons; it’s about improving the breed. I love the Doberman breed – it’s my breed and has been for many years.”
The show is one of the largest events in Mahoning County each year. Kovalchick said she tries to not call it show because it is so much more than that.
“It is not just a dog show. It is an event. We have so much going on and it is so much camaraderie and friendship – getting together and people look forward to Canfield,” Kovalchick said.
Organizers believe it very well could be one of the largest dog shows in the entire country.
The popular AKC approved dock diving event is happening at the show and is always a big draw.
The show begins Thursday at 8 a.m. and will last four days. Admission is $5 per vehicle.