Alexandria Kennel Club celebrates 50 years at dog show

The tails were wagging at the Ned Randolph Riverfront Center last weekend at the Mardi Gras Magic Dog Show as the Alexandria Kennel Club celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The celebration was supposed to take place last year but because of COVID it was canceled, said Keith Bonin, president of the show.

“The club has been around for just over 50 years. It is made up of members from the region,” he said.

The dog show, which usually takes place every January, is the club’s biggest event that attracts dogs from all over the country.

Mary Alice Lemm of Spring, TX has been showing dogs for over 40 years and has been coming to the Alexandria Dog Show for about 30 years.

“We usually have between 35 and 40 states represented,” Bonin said. “Sometimes we’ll get some from Canada. That’s a big deal.”

Texas generally has the most entries, even more than Louisiana, he said.

“We’re pulling a lot of entries from Texas,” Bonin said. “But usually the biggest entries will come from Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, or Louisiana.”

Bonin said he spoke with a lady from California who visited a few dog shows in Texas. Since they were in the area, they decided to come to Alexandria.

“She had never been to Louisiana, so she’s here for our show,” Bonin said.

Mary Alice Lemm of Spring, TX has been showing dogs for over 40 years and has been coming to the Alexandria Dog Show for about 30 years.

The Alexandria Kennel Club celebrated its 50th anniversary at its Mardi Gras Magic dog show held last week.

“We’re having a great time,” she said as she groomed a cocker spaniel.

“We appreciate the people and the site of the show – the restaurants,” she said. “It’s a good show for visiting friends and family.”

And judgment is always good, she added.

To mark the special occasion, Atwood’s Bakery has prepared a special cake draped in Mardi Gas beads and doubloons and topped with the club logo. During the four-day event, King Cake was also served.

For more information about the Alexandria Kennel Club, visit alexandriakennelclub.org

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