Champion Dogs return to Farragut

DOG DAZE IV @ Village Green Shopping Center is presented by TDS Telecom. This will be a 3 Day Festival of fun, food, shopping and competition!  SHOP FARRAGUT and Town of Farragut have teamed up with Smoky Mountain Dock Dogs (http://www.smokymountaindockdogs.com/) & Ricki’s Pet Depot (http://rickispetdepot.com/ ) to bring a nationally sanctioned regional canine aquatics competition by DOCK DOGS INTERNATIONAL (http://dockdogs.com/).  The festivities will take place in the Village Green Shopping Center parking lot, just south of Stein Mart and Planet Fitness, Friday August 14 through Sunday the 16th.

Smoky Mountain DockDogs is the local club that will be supporting this event. Club President Kaye Noble states; “Since the onset of the Covid Virus, many of our DockDog competitions have been cancelled.  So, we are excited to host this event which has just been awarded “WILDCARD” status.  As a wildcard, competitors will receive bonus points and the opportunity to go to the world championships in October.  We expect teams from as far away as Ohio and Florida to compete.”  In fact, all event registrations sold out in less than an hour this past May.  Additional time was added to the schedule this year to accommodate the demand.

 

This event will be utilizing the covid guidelines as outlined in the Tennessee Pledge.  If you feel sick, please stay home.  We welcome the use of a face mask throughout the venue and wherever it is not possible to social distance.  We will have masks available. Please bring your own hand sanitizer and there will be hand washing stations provided. We ask everyone to be safe and smart.

 

Competitors love coming to the Dog Daze at Village Green event because of the atmosphere of the crowd, the local food trucks, and the level of competition this event brings. There will be over 400 jumps with 150 competitors. This event is one of the last national events in the southeast, so it has become very popular with the competitors and even more so this year, due to the cancellations of so many springtime and early summer DockDog events.

 

Smoky Mountain DockDogs will also conduct a silent auction which will benefit the B.A.A.R.K. foundation. This is an organization that helps the DockDogs community in their time of need.

 

DockDogs® was established in 2000; its first event was at the ESPN 2000 Great Outdoor Games competition.  This competition will attract dog owners from across the Southeast.  Last year there were over 30 competitors and more than 5000 visitors during the sophomore effort of this soon to be annual Farragut event.  Registrants will be able to gain qualifying points towards attendance at the World Championships in October.  If you have never witnessed this – expect the unexpected! Learn more at http://www.dockdogs.com.  First Utility District is a major sponsor supplying over 27,000 gallons of fresh Tennessee River water to fill the pool for the weekend.

 

The festivities will start on Friday afternoon with local dogs taking a “Pooch Plunge!”  Area dog owners will have the opportunity to have their ‘puppy’ try a Dock-Dive!  K9 Center of East Tennessee has underwritten The Plunge activity which will allow non-competitors to try the DockDog experience free of charge.  Between 4 and 7pm, members of the Smoky Mountain DockDogs Club will assist area pet lovers with their introduction to the sport.  Actual competitions will commence on Saturday at 9am and competition registrations have SOLD OUT.

 

Between qualifying rounds, spectators can shop the Village Green shopping center, visit the many merchant booths on-site, mingle with pet food suppliers, plus get food & drink at the Festival Tent while visiting many pet related vendor booths, local merchant showcases and displays.  A few vendor spots are available by contacting Shop Farragut.

 

THE ENTIRE WEEKEND IS FREE!

 

The final rounds of competition and award presentations will take place late Sunday afternoon.

 

Event Schedule:

 

Fri Aug 14, 2020 Onsite Registration/ Practice – 3:00 pm

Try DockDogs – 4:00-7:00 pm

 

Sat Aug 15, 2020 Onsite Registration/ Practice – 8:00 am

Speed Retrieve WAVE # 1 – 9:00 am

Big Air WAVE # 1 – 11:00 am

Big Air WAVE # 2 – 1:00 pm

Big Air WAVE # 3 – 3:00 pm

Extreme Vertical WAVE # 1 – 5:00 pm

 

Sun Aug 16, 2020 Onsite Registration/ Practice – 8:00 am

Extreme Vertical WAVE # 2 – 9:00 am

Big Air WAVE # 4 – 11:00 am

Big Air WAVE # 5 – 1:00 pm

Speed Retrieve WAVE # 2 – 3:00 pm

Big Air Finals start at 5:00 pm

(Pro, Semi-Pro, Contender & Amateur Finals)

 

Event Format: Outdoor Big Air®, Extreme Vertical®, Speed RetrieveTM , and Iron Dog Rankings

 

DOG DAZE is made possible with support from TDS Telecom, First Utility District, SouthEast Bank, Ricki’s Pet Depot, MLILY USA, Fisher Tire Company, The Dog Wizard, K9 Center of East TN, Rocky Top K9, Josh Hemphill State Farm Insurance, HIS Security and Natural Balance.

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