Put your best paw forward at Autumn Fayre
By David Wood
Where: Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Church Road, Leckhampton GL53 0QJ
When: Saturday, September 7, 11am to 4pm
Does your pooch have the waggiest tail in Gloucestershire? Or is your son or daughter the best child dog handler in the county?
If so, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice is asking you to put your best paw forward and enter their brand new Dog Show for 2019, which is taking place as part of their Autumn Fayre event on Saturday (September 7) at the hospice on Church Road, Leckhampton.
Categories include Best Rescue Dog, Best Female Dog, Best Male Dog, Best Child Dog Handler and Waggiest Tail - all at £2 per entry.
Judged by Cotswold Dog Training and Buddy and Friends, there's prizes up for grabs from Lazy Storm, The Barking Bistro and Bakery for Dogs and Pegasus Vets, Charlton Kings.
Judging takes place between 1.45pm and 3:15pm, with entries open from 11.30am.
Hospice staff and volunteers have been getting into the spirit taking photos of their four-legged friends to help promote Dog Show, including community fundraising officer, Caitie Ford, and her six-year-old Cockapoo, Sparky.
She said, "We're thrilled to be holding our first ever dog show at this year's Autumn Fayre in support of the hospice and Sparky is especially excited.
"We're a nation of dog lovers, so we hope lots of people will come along for a brilliant day out with their four-legged friends.
"We've lots of stalls, activities, entertainment and refreshments for the whole family to enjoy whilst the dogs and their owners are put through their paces too. It's going to be pawsome!"
Entry to the fayre is £2.50 and children under 12 are free. There is no need to book in advance, just turn up on the day.
The annual autumn fayre promises a jam-packed day of entertainment for families with children's activities run by John Lewis & Partners and CGT Lettings & Sales, live entertainment, bottle tombola and a grand raffle with plenty of prizes up for grabs.
The crowds will be kept entertained with live music from local entertainers. Plus visitors will be able to enjoy tasty food and drinks from an exciting range of vendors including the Old Dough Hook Pizza Co, The Cotswold Pancake Company and The Exmouth Arms and The Royal who will be joining forces with their pop-up bar. Also on offer will be a BBQ, kindly donated by Creed Food Service.
Gates are open 11am to 4pm.
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