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Steel Valley Cluster dog show returns to fairgrounds

CANFIELD — The 35th annual Steel Valley Cluster dog show returned to the Canfield Fairgrounds with its first day of shows and competitions.

Much more than 1,000 dogs and their owners and handlers made their way from across the country to participate in the show hosted by the Steel Valley Cluster — a cooperative group comprised of the Fort Steuben Kennel Association, Columbiana County Kennel Club, Beaver County Kennel Club and Mahoning Shenango Kennel Club.

Each club takes turns hosting each day’s events. Thursday’s event was hosted by the Fort Steuben Kennel Association and club president Bob Damron said the show in Canfield is usually big.

“Usually an average show is 1,000 dogs per day. Last year, with COVID-19, we were one of the only shows able to put something on and there was over 3,500 dogs per day here last year.,” he said.

When it came to planning the event, Damron said there are some things the group has done to ensure safety among competitors.

“We did and do have concerns. There’s no indoor grooming to help keep distance,” Damron said.

Show chairperson for the Fort Steuben club, Liz Stocker, said having the event this year is exciting.

“Last year we weren’t allowed to have spectators, we distanced and had masks so this year is nice,” Stocker said.

The show continues through Sunday.

Read MORE in Friday’s VINDICATOR

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