This year's theme for the Harvey County Fair is "Heroes in the Heartland," and though the official fair weekend is Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, you can catch a few events beforehand.

 

The 4-H/FFA Dog Show will start at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Harvey County Fairgrounds, 800 W. First St. in Newton.

 

1. Dogs

 

Furry four-legged friends will be the stars of the show. There will be a variety of breeds present, each modeling what their handlers have taught them. Every dog is required to be kept on a leash at all times unless they are being shown. Always remember to ask before petting any dog.

 

2. Kids

 

The handlers are required to care and train their dogs year-round and are responsibly for their feeding, grooming, exercising and kennel management. They can be asked questions about their dog's care by the show judges. Entrants compete in three different age levels; junior, intermediate and advanced.

 

3. Events

 

Handlers can enter their dogs in several categories including agility, showmanship and obedience.

 

Dogs are given a series of obstacles to run around, crawl under or jump over in agility. The purpose of agility is to demonstrate the teamwork necessary for a handler and their dog to work under a variety of conditions.

 

In showmanship, handlers are judged on the dog's appearance, their handling skills and how well they work with the dog as a team.

 

For the obedience class, handlers can compete in several subcategories that include teaching their dog to sit, stay, heel, jump over an obstacle, retrieve and drop an object. These commands can be given to the dog while both on and off leash and with or without vocalization.

 

One of the most challenging things for the dog to do in obedience is to sit for three minutes while their trainers walk out of sight. The dog also has to obey the command to lay down and stay that way for five minutes without the trainer in view.

 

If you go

When: 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Harvey County Fairgrounds, 800 W. First St. in Newton

How much: Free