(Nov. 1, 2019) The Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show Art Contest, which will feature artwork from hundreds of Worcester County students, will be held in conjunction with the Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, next Tuesday, Nov. 6 through Sunday, Nov. 10.
Both the dog show and art contest will open to the public at 8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. daily. The cost is $5 for adults, $1 for students and free for children 5 and younger to attend both.
The art contest portion of the event will feature over 300 entries from Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset and Talbot counties. Most of the artwork is by Worcester Prep and Worcester County Public School students.
Last year, there were around 300-350 entries, Art Show Chairman Jerry Milko said.
The third annual contest was open to artists from Kindergarten to grade 12. Each student could submit one entry with their interpretation of “Dogs, Man’s Best friend.” Artists were asked to create their visions using pure bred or mixed breed dog or dogs as the subject matter.
A prize of $25 for first place will be award in each grade division. All artists who win top awards will compete for Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show, with prizes of $500 and $250, respectively.
“We run the art show like a dog show,” Milko said. “It mirrors a dog show where first, second, third and fourth receive an award, but first prize winners’ are considered for Best in Show and Reserve Best in Show.”
Judging is expected to begin on Tuesday and should be completed by Wednesday.
The Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show, sponsored by the Salisbury Maryland Kennel Club and Charitable Trust, Talbot Kennel Club, the Mispillion Kennel Club of Delaware and Holiday Real Estate, is a qualifier for the national Westminster show.
“These dogs are competing in best of breed,” Milko said. “Many of them have been competing all year and then based on the way the points are accumulated, then they can get an invite to Westminster.”
In addition to the art and dog shows, there will be several vendors and seminars throughout the five-day event, which specialize in canine products and classes.
“There’s all kinds of clinics – health clinics for the dogs and there’s great vendors there with all types of dog-related [merchandise],” Milko said. “One of the vendors is actually an artist that will be one of my judges that does all types of dogs training.”