It’s almost time for the 2012 Deschutes County Fair, and for the second year the X-Treme Airdogs Competition will be a highlight. Michael Allen with the competition says last years' event was so successful, that they are expanding the viewing area.
He says a number of competitors and their dogs will be coming to the fair to compete in vertical and distance jumping in a huge pool from a dock, and timed retrieving rounds, where dogs are timed on how quickly they retrieve a toy. But, the most exciting round is called "Give It A Try." “Well, you're going to be seeing two super splash pools. In those splash pools, one is our "Give It A Try." It means that anybody that want to try this sport of dog jumping can. Last year in Redmond, we had a tremendous turnout. We had 75 new dogs in Redmond. We had a huge crowd; standing room only crows, who loved the sport." Allen says in fact, a Bend dog that won the give it a try ended up placing 12th in the national finals.
He says some of the most talented dogs will be coming from all over the nation to see who can jump the furthest and highest in a huge pool of water. “We broke the unofficial record with a tall chocolate lab from Seattle at 7'4". But I have a Malinois coming from Southern California and that dog's average on X-treme vertical is 8'3"."
The Deschutes County Fair is August 1-5.