Old Fort Cluster Dog Show returns to the Coliseum

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The Old Fort Cluster Dog Show is back at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum this weekend for another fur-filled event. 

Show kicked off Wednesday and runs daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday.

The Northeast Indiana Kennel Club now hosts the event. 

It’s been coming to the Coliseum since the early 1950’s. 

The show brings in dogs and their handlers from all over the U.S.

This year’s event includes competitions, obedience training, raffles, student artwork, merchant booths and more. 

The 2018 show also features the largest gathering of Golden Retrievers in the Midwest for a specialty show by the Land of Lincoln Golden Retriever Club

The whole show has grown significantly throughout the years. This year includes nearly 4,800 entries into the competition, and some of them go on to compete in the famous Westminster Dog Show in New York, according to Greg Wessel, cluster chair.

“These dogs are competing to either be top dogs in the country or they’re competing just to complete their American championship,” Wessel said. “Some of these dogs this time of the year, they’re scrambling, they’re traveling all over the country to keep their stats high in the rankings.”

There will also be a book signing with Nancy Whitesell, author of Fuzzy Brown Dog, on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is open to the public and costs $5 for adults. Children get in free with a dog food donation to the Pet Food Pantry of Fort Wayne.

For more details about the event and a schedule of shows, visit www.neikc.org/old-fort-cluster.

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