Ham Hill Dog Show and Countryside Day to bring fun for all the family

Paws will once again be pounding the turf at Ham Hill Country Park when this years' annual Fun Dog Show takes place on Sunday 13 August.

This year, the event will be held in the plateau fields of Ham Hill and will be packed with lots of fun for the whole family, including 11 novelty showing classes and new for this year the Ham Hill Challenge - comprising of a series of 3 events (sausage race, distraction race and obstacle course) designed to test your partnership.

There will also be free children's craft events and face painting run by the South Somerset District Council Countryside team and a fun Treasure Trail for all to enjoy.

On the day there will be 'have a go' agility kindly supported by NAWT who will also be running demonstrations with their fantastic rescue dog team.

The Ham Hill Dog Show has been selected as a qualifying event for the Buckham Fair Best Rescue Championship. This will be your last chance to qualify for the Championship before Buckham Fair the following weekend.

Speaking about the event, organiser Donna McNeill said, "We are very excited about this years' show. Now in its third year, the dog show has grown in popularity and so we have moved location on Ham Hill to the Plateau Fields. This will allow us improved accessibility, facilitate more parking and is a much bigger site to grow the show on. We are pleased to offer a whole host of activities for all to enjoy and will also be running a raffle and a tombola alongside the showing classes and Ham Hill Challenge."

The event brings together local businesses and community to support Ham Hill Country Park as well as raising funds for The Friends of Ham Hill, Ferne Animal Sanctuary and National Animal Welfare Trust - Heavens Gate.

Sponsorship has been greatly received from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Duke of Cornwall, James Wellbeloved, Kong, Jims Pet Supplies and SF Studios as well as from 11 other local businesses. Without these sponsors, the event could not be held.

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Leisure & Culture at South Somerset District Council added, "We are once again delighted that some of the Friends of Ham Hill Country Park group have organised such a fabulous event for Ham Hill. The Country Park is obviously tremendously important to dog owners locally, and we are really pleased that this event will give them the opportunity to come together and celebrate their pets."

Car parking and entry to the show ground are free with dog show classes costing £1.50 per dog per class and the Ham Hill Challenge costing £1 for one event or £2.50 for all 3. The dog show will have rosettes to 6th place and prizes for the top 3 dogs in each class, with the top dog in each class competing for the title of Best In Show. The Ham Hill Challenge will have rosettes and prizes for the top 3 dogs in each event with the best dog across all 3 events being crowned champion.

For further information, visit the Ham Hill Dog Show website http://hamhilldogshow.myfreesites.net, follow them on Facebook or email hamhilldogshow@gmail.com.