Dog Show

Saturday, August 31, 2024

9:00am till approximately 12:00pm

Chairman, Holli McVeigh & Co-Chairman, Lisa Neil



Rockingham Cooperative: Dog Food for Trophy Winners

Dr. Julian Metts Jr. & Family: Trophies and Ribbons

Big Valley Performance: Judges’ Gift

M&L Logging: 1st Prize Pay-Outs

Wildman’s Diesel Performance: Treats

Jadalyn’s Pet Care Services & More: Raffle Prize



  • This is a “pet-friendly” dog show.
  • The Dog Show will be held at the Grandstands unless inclement weather forces it to be held at the Livestock Show Barn. Dog owners/exhibitors must enter from the Grandstand ticket booth entry gate (Rt. 220 entrance).
  • Dog Show exhibitors are not allowed to park on the fair grounds.  Designated parking areas must be utilized.
  • Residency shall be considered the residence where the dog resides, not the exhibitor. 
  • It’s encouraged to ask the owner of the dog permission before approaching or petting their dog(s). 
  • Dogs are entered at the sole risk of the exhibitor or owner of the animal.


Highland County Fair Dog Show - Highland County Humane Society - Monterey, Virginia



  • Online pre-registration will open August 1, 2024 at 8:00am and will close August 24, 2024 at 5:00pm. Click here to pre-register.
  • Registration on the day of the show begins at 8:00am.
  • Entries will be accepted up until each class starts.
  • Entry fee for classes 1-11 shall be $1.00 each. There are no entry fees for classes 12-15, but the owner/exhibitor must register for these classes.
  • Entries eligible for Toy and Miniature Breeds (Class 3) should weigh approx. 15 pounds or less.
  • Entries eligible for Large Breeds (Class 4) should weigh approx. 70 pounds or more.
  • Entries eligible for Puppy Class (Class 6) are dogs 9 weeks to 6 months old. 
  • Entries eligible for Costume – Fair Theme (Class 9c) should be costumes that best match the current year’s fair theme – “Growing Traditions Together.”
  • Entries eligible for Best “Old” Dog (Class 10) are dogs 8 years old and older.
  • Any adopted dog can be registered for the Best Adopted Dog award (Class 11).  
  • Entries eligible for Best Child’s Pet (Class 12) are first place ribbon winners from Child’s Pet Classes 5a, 5b, 5c, and 5d.
  • Committee reserves the right to combine two or more classes under a miscellaneous class when there is only one entry in a class.
  • Committee reserves the right to divide large classes as necessary.
  • All dogs must be current on their distemper, parvo, and rabies vaccinations. The committee reserves the right to request proof of vaccinations.
  • For the dog’s safety, no puppies under 8 weeks old shall be allowed in the show.
  • All dogs must be on a leash at all times.
  • No dogs are allowed on the fairgrounds except during the Dog Show.  Dogs are not allowed in any building or on the midway (any area other than the Grandstands).
  • Owner/exhibiter is responsible for feces clean-up. They’re encouraged to bring their own dog waste bags. 
  • Ribbons will be awarded for first four places.  Blue-1st; Red-2nd; White-3rd; Yellow-4th.  Prize money will be awarded for all places.


PRIZES:  1st – $5; 2nd – $4; 3rd – $3; 4th – $2



1. Working Breeds

a. Collies & Australian Shepherds
b. Heelers
c. Miscellaneous (Bernese Mountain Dog, Boxer, Pinschers, Great Dane, Pyrenees, Mastiffs, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Husky, Corgis, Etc.)

2. Sporting Breeds & Hounds

a. Beagles
b. Cocker Spaniels
c. Coon Hounds
d. Pointers & Setters
e. Bear Hounds
f. Retrievers
g. Terriers
h. Miscellaneous (Weimaraner, Basset Hound, Dachshund, Etc.)

3. Toy and Miniature Breeds

a. Non-resident Dog
b. Highland resident Dog

4. Large Breeds

a. Non-resident Dog
b. Highland resident Dog

5. Pet Breeds

a. Child’s Pet Exhibitor 10 years old and under – Non-resident exhibitor & dog
b. Child’s Pet Exhibitor 10 years old and under – Highland resident exhibitor & dog
c. Child’s Pet Exhibitor 11 to 17 years old- Non-resident exhibitor & dog
d. Child’s Pet Exhibitor 11 to 17 years old – Highland resident exhibitor & dog
e. Adult’s Pet 18 years old and older – Non-resident exhibitor & dog
f. Adult’s Pet 18 years old and older – Highland resident exhibitor & dog

6. Puppies

a. Puppies – Non-resident Dog
b. Puppies – Highland resident Dog

7. Best Matched

a. Best Matched Dog Pair (2 dogs that look alike) (both dogs will receive ribbons)
b. Best Matched Dog and Owner/Exhibitor (Dog & owner/exhibiter that look alike, not in costume) (both dogs will receive ribbons)

8. Past Champion of Show Winners (only 1st place ribbon winner selected)

9. Costume

a. Child – up to 17 years old
b. Adult – 18 years old and older

10. Best “Old” Dog (Trophy)
11. Best Adopted Dog (Trophy)
12. Best Child’s Pet (1st place/blue ribbon winners from Classes 5a, 5b, 5c, & 5d) (Trophy)

13. Chairman’s Choice (2nd place/red ribbon winners from Classes 1-6) (Trophy)

14. NEW Fair Theme: “Growing Traditions Together” (2 dogs from the same bloodline but different generations ex. mother dog and her offspring) (Trophy) THIS CLASS IS IN HONOR OF BUCKET MULLINS

15. Non-resident Dog Champion of Show and Reserve Champion (Trophies
(1st place/blue ribbon winners from classes 1, 2, 3a, 4a, 5e, 6a, & winner of 11 if non-resident dog)

16. Highland resident Champion of Show and Reserve Champion (Trophies)
(1st place/blue ribbon winners from classes 1, 2, 3b, 4b, 5f, 6b, & winner of 11 if Highland resident dog)