WVSF hosts “stellar” pet show


BUCKHANNON — Feathered and furry pets gathered with their owners to showcase their talent and personalities at the 80th Annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival (WVSF) Pet Show. The event was held at the Buckhannon Dog Park by the Riverwalk trail on Saturday, May 14. The event was nothing short of “stellar,” which was another way to say awesome in the 80s.

Owners took to the rich green grass runway while their pets ranging from baby chickens to Great Danes strutted their stuff. In light of the 80th year of the WVSF, one of the categories included Best 80s Costume. Other categories included Golden Girl or Guy (for pets aged 7 years or older), Most Unusual, Tubular Tricks and Bodacious Betty (Queen) and Fantabulous Fella (King). Following the announcement of all the categories, the organizers announced there was one more surprise category for Best in Show.

For the Best 80s Costume third place winner was Ollie, with owner Sarah Howes, second place winner was Daisy May, with owner Jaylen Jones, and first place winner was Winnie, with owner Sharon.

Golden Girl or Guy winners were, in second place, Stark, with owner Taylor, and in first place, Annie, with owner William.

In the Most Unusual category third place went to Nelson, with owner Lambert, second place went to Night Train (the goat), with owner William Gilmore, and first place went to Pixie, with owner Gina.

Tubular Tricks winners were as follows: Gemma and owner Robin Keough took third place after performing a variety of tricks and commands in several difference languages. Winnie and owner Sharon stole second place, who also performed some tricks while still wearing her “Let’s get physical” 80s costume. Millie Ann and owner Sarah won first place, who also performed a variety of tricks, including jumping through a hula hoop.

Finally, it was time to announce Queen and King. Bodacious Betty was awarded to Callie Jo with owner Michelle, and Fantabulous Fella was awarded to Stark with owner Taylor.

The final category was Best in Show which went to Great Dane Sampson.

2022 WVSF Queen Kelsey Hill was present for the event and handed out prizes alongside Junior Teen Queen Madison Burnside. Burnside also participated as a judge for the event along with Courtney Warner and Pamela Lantz Campbell.

In addition, there were also several rescue dogs present at the event needing adopted. Bunny, Marley, Andy, Marty and Pup Pup were also participants in several categories and the event raised awareness on the need for local animal adoption.

The Record Delta congratulates all participants and winners. It was also noted that Queen Callie Jo and King Stark may be seen in the Junior Royalty Parade, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Strawberry Lane Thursday, May 19.

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