A new event makes a big splash in Minocqua
MINOCQUA - A new event made a big splash this weekend in Minocqua.
"Everybody up here has docks that they're jumping their dogs off of, so why not make an actual competition out of it," said Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Krystal Westfahl.
The Minocqua Chamber of Commerce held the first ever Paws in the Park competition on both Saturday and Sunday.
"We've got competitors from all over the state as well as many local competitors here today," said Westfahl. About 70 dogs were entered into Sunday's dock competitions despite steady rain throughout the day. Dock Dogs is the organization that runs the competitions.
"We're so glad to be up here in Minocqua," said Dock Dogs Wisconsin Club Announcer Jered McMahon. But it wasn't the first time Dock Dogs has come to Wisconsin.
"Wisconsin has been one of the founding members of Dock Dogs, they were actually the second club established in the country," said McMahon.
Dock Dogs features a few different competitions including extreme vertical jump, speed retrieve, and Big Air, which is the long jump.
"If you guys do this out at your house or at the cabin, bring them out here and give it a try, who knows you may have the next World Champion Dock Dog jumper," said McMahon.
Kaitlyn Troyer decided to enter her dog Remy into the competition. "We've never done it before, and thought 'okay she loves the water, loves jumping off the dock at the lake so we'll see what happens,'" said Troyer.
Overall, Troyer thinks the competition is good for the Northwoods.
"It's something different and fun for the dogs and the community as well," said Troyer.
There are plans host the competition at Torpy Park for years to come every Father's Day weekend.
To provide to the community an exciting event of Big Air DockDogs®, Extreme Vertical and Speed Retrieve Competitions and provide high economic value to our sponsor partners. We offer a great experience for our competitors and audiences by promoting the most popular dog competition events in the country.
We are all about family, fun and enjoying those precious moments with our four legged friends. We honor all rules and policies as set forth by the World Wide organization.