2010 World’s Ugliest Dog™ Contest Seeks Entrants Worldwide

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The 2010 internationally acclaimed World's Ugliest Dog™ Contest set for June 25th is now open for entries. Contest organizers are seeking a variety of breeds and entrants from around the world. Entry information is available at http://www.sonoma-marinfair.org.

The World's Ugliest Dog™ winner is catapulted into an international limelight.

The World’s Ugliest Dog ™ Contest is looking for beauty-challenged mutts and pedigree dogs from around the world for its 22st annual World’s Ugliest Dog ™ Contest scheduled for June.

The contest occurs on Friday, June 23, 2010 at 6 p.m. during the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Entry forms can be downloaded at http://www.sonoma-marinfair.org or requested by calling 707-283-3247 (FAIR).

The 2010 World Champion will take home a minimum of $1,000 in prize money along with a trophy. The winner of this acclaimed competition also is catapulted into an international limelight. Past winners have had their photos on nearly every newspaper in America (and many overseas as well) and are featured guests (with their owners) on talk shows. Previous years’ shows have also been aired on Animal Planet.

Last year, the winning streak held by the Chinese Crested breed was broken by Pabst, a boxer with an underbite who hailed from Citrus Heights, California. Contest organizers encourage entries from all breeds and from locations across the world.

Pabst claimed $1,600 in prize money and a year-round $1,000 modeling contract with House of Dog, a manufacturer of upscale dog accessories who sponsored the Ugly is the New Beautiful Fashion Show that entertained the audience during judge deliberations and featured models and adoptable rescue dogs. Prize money of $500 and a trophy are awarded to the Ugliest Dog of 2010 which qualifies the dog to compete for the World title. Prizes of $100 go to the finalists in the Pedigree and Mutt classes. House of Dog provides all entrants with dog accessories. All dogs must enter a prequalifying round to ensure they are truly ugly before they take the stage. Also all dogs must have certification from their vet demonstrating that they are healthy.

If dog-lovers can’t make the contest, but think their dog is worthy of recognition, they are invited to enter him or her in the hugely popular World’s Ugliest Dog Voting Gallery (http://www.sonoma-marinfair.org) where contestant photos and descriptions will be posted beginning in April.

The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest is produced by the Sonoma-Marin Fair which runs June 23 through 27 in Petaluma, California. For updates on the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest and fair entertainment, visit http://www.sonoma-marinfair.org.

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