Record Staff Writer
The day was sunny and clear, in typical Roswell fashion. And it was the perfect day for an outside event, such as the Rio Pecos Kennel Club’s 55th annual dog show Saturday.
With more than 450 entries, club treasurer Sarah Brinegar said they had roughly 100 more entries this year than last year.
“That’s fantastic,” she said. “We’re very happy.”
Besides having more dog entries than before, there were also more people. And not just those showing the dogs, but more from the public who were simply serious about the dogs.
“A lot of people came up and had questions about the dogs,” Brinegar said. “I saw more interest today than I have in the last few years.”
She believes a lot of the spike in interest and numbers comes from the increase in publicity.
“We worked really hard to get information out that we we were putting on a show,” she said. The work clearly paid off.
Brinegar also said that the increase in people not only helped the show’s publicity, but also helped the community such as visitors paying for hotels and restaurants. To her, this was a huge perk.
For the show itself, the search is for the Top Dog, the overall winner. Saturday’s winner was a Siberian Husky, but another dog will be chosen today as the show continues from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.
In general, day one of the event was a complete success.
“The weather was beautiful, the dogs were wonderful and everyone was happy with our show,” Brinegar said. “It was a good feeling all around: just perfect. We’re looking forward to another good day tomorrow.”