Barks and brews: First-ever dog show a success at Dreaming Creek Brewery | News


Ricki Pryor

Plenty of contestants were sniffing out the competition on Tuesday night as Dreaming Creek Brewery held it first-ever dog show in the brewery’s taproom.

According to organizer Mandy Durr, more than 20 canines competed in the competition which benefited the Madison County humane society.

Entry fees for the four-legged contestants were paid by donating items from the human society’s wish list or with a monetary donation to the charitable organization.

According to Durr, Tuesday’s competition generously increased the amount of donations to the brewery’s ongoing drive this month to benefit the human society.

Organizers said the idea for Dreaming Creek Brewery’s first-ever dog show came from the desire to “do more.”

The brewery was already hosting a drive for the humane society as part of their participation in the annual Hops & Vine festival which will take place this weekend. Proceeds from that event will also benefit the Madison County Animal League for Life.

“We thought we could really maximize the donation amount we would be giving to the humane society by hosting a drive and a dog show. We knew our customers would answer the call and we also wanted to do something really fun,” Durr explained.

Durr said the staff of the brewery are all dog lovers, so hosting an event and drive for the humane society was a natural fit.

“It’s something we are all really passionate about here. We love dogs. It’s why the brewery is very dog ​​friendly… In fact, all our promotion for the event on Facebook and Instagram the past few weeks has included pictures of all of staff’s dogs,” Durr said.

On Tuesday, a variety of canine contestants competed in a host of categories which included “biggest and smallest dog,” “best voice,” “best treat catcher,” “best ears,” “flattest face” and “best underbite.”

Dogs competing in Tuesday’s competition ranged from mutts to Great Danes and Shih Tzus.

Human judges for the competition were Durr, Sarah Adams, and Drew Adams. A canine judge, EB, also lended a paw at the judge’s table.

There were no sad puppy dog ​​eyes on Tuesday evening as every canine contestant received a small trophy in a specific category.

“I’m just so glad, and a little surprised, we had so many show up to compete. It was a lot of fun. We had so many different kind of dogs competing, which was cool to see,” Durr said.

Organizers said Tuesday the success of the dog show has the staff considering making it an annual event at Dreaming Creek Brewery.

Events like the dog show are a priority of the brewery, Durr said.

“It all goes into our mission to try and be a community hub in Madison County. We usually try to do a variety of things each week so the community can come out and enjoy themselves. We do trivia every week and we’ve been doing Taco Tuesdays. We try to choose things that are family-friendly and dog-friendly,” Durr said.

Dreaming Creek Brewery is still being accepting donations to the humane society until the end of the week.

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