Every child needs a best friend, and oftentimes they find it in the family pooch.

Tuesday night, children brought their canine companions to the Miller County Fair Dog Show in Fouke, Ark. to show off their prized canines.

“This isn’t the Westminster Dog Show by any means,” said one of the event organizers. “But the kids love taking their dogs around the ring.”

In fact, there wasn’t a purebred animal in the bunch. After all, this was the non-pedigree dog show. But that didn’t keep the children involved in the event from grooming their dogs, in some cases putting a costume on it or showing off a trick.

When the judges asked one young girl if her dog could do a trick, she said the animal could roll over. But all she actually got the creature to do was sit down. Still, she walked away with a prize for ‘best trick’ and a lot of satisfaction.

Other prizes were given for smallest dog and best costume.

As Harold Fallis, president of the Miller County Fair Association told the Texarkana Gazette, “This helps the self-esteem of the kids, giving them something to participate in.”

“Please tell your friends about the dog show,” urged one judge at the end of the night. “Hopefully next year we’ll get even more people to participate.”

The fair continues at the fairgrounds in Fouke until Sept. 8. Other upcoming events include:

  • Sept. 6 – Senior citizen day, spaghetti dinner fundraiser, and a live performance by Adam Sloan
  • Sept. 7 – Kids day with live music
  • Sept. 8 – High school rodeo bull riding

For more information, call (903) 826-2624.

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