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GALLERY: Dog show winners rewarded despite Halesowen Carnival cancellation

An annual Black Country dog show moved online so it could go ahead despite coronavirus.

The dog show should have been part of the Halesowen Carnival on Saturday but the event had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However event chairman and organiser Councillor Stuart Henley did not want to disappoint so decided to run this year's dog show virtually.

The winners were announced today, Black Country Day, and a small presentation was held for the winners and runners up at Highfields Park on Saturday.

Councillor Henley said: "After having to cancel this year’s carnival due to the current pandemic, we decided to run our popular dog show online with all the usual categories.

"The dog show is a very popular part of the event, and this year’s virtual online event attracted more than 200 entries."

Categories for the online show included: Best rescue, best trick, best paw shake, dog like its owner, waggiest tail, best puppy, overall show champion, lovely lady, fabulous fella and best junior handler.

Stuart added: "Our event sponsors chose the winners and runners up for each category to be announced on our social media page on Black Country Day (July 14) as the carnival usually kicks off Black Country Month on the first Saturday of July.

"As the Government restrictions have started being lifted, we decided to hold a presentation just for the winners and runners up, this was to bring a small bit of happiness to those entering the dog show.

"We would like to thank all involved in the event, The entrants, our sponsors The Big Pet Store, Doggy Daycare, Blue Cross Bromsgrove Rehoming Centre and event photographer Snapper SK.

"Big congratulations to our winners and 2nd place entrants who were rewarded with a rosette, certificate, medal, and goody bags provided by our sponsors."

Next year's carnival and dog show is set to be held on July 3 at Highfields Park in Halesowen.

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