Dog Show Goes On, With Vaccinated Attendance Only

The Scottish Deerhound, Claire, won best in show at the National Dog Show last year in an empty stadium (at top) as the coronavirus pandemic precluded public admission at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

OAKS PA – The popular National Dog Show, conducted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia and annually broadcast Thanksgiving Day by NBC-TV to an audience of 20 million viewers, will return Nov. 20-21 (2021, Saturday and Sunday) with an audience inside the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks. You won’t be able to enter the show, however, without proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination, the club said.

This event has been added to The Posts’ calendar.

Dog show officials plan to implement screening mechanisms provided by Clear, a public safety company that works with major-market venues across the United States. The vaccination requirement is made in accordance with recommendations from national, state and local officials, the club added.

Ticket buyers are asked to consider the requirement before purchasing tickets for this year’s two-day event. It marks the 20th anniversary of The National Dog Show, presented by Purina. Anyone not vaccinated – including children – will not be permitted entry, according to the show’s ticketing portal, here. Those who have already purchased tickets but are unable to comply with the vaccination policy will receive a refund, it reported on a separate page.

As of Monday (Sept. 20) tickets were priced at $16 each day.

“The health and safety of everyone involved is our highest priority, and this is the best course of action as we join other events and venues in supporting the national effort,” club President Wayne Ferguson observed.” The 2020 edition of the show was held without spectators and media, and with minimal personnel, a media release noted.

The show started in 1879, and has been staged continuously by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia since 1933.

The expo center is located at 100 Station Ave., in Oaks and easily accessible from U.S. Route 422. Plenty of free parking is available.

Photo supplied by The National Dog Show