Thousands of dogs from all around, and the people who come with them, will be at the Celebrate Virginia Cluster Dog Show for five days starting Jan. 8.

The show, returning to the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center, will include dogs from the working, sporting, non-sporting, hound, toy, herding and terrier groups, said Becky Heubi, the dog show’s co-chairman.

The free show, hosted by the cluster, which includes the Greater Fredericksburg, the Northern Neck and the Charlottesville–Albermarle kennel clubs, will include lots of dogs for people to see and admire.

“If they love dogs, they can see over 100 different breeds of dogs at the show,” Heubi said.

In a first this year, the cluster will add the Peewee Competition where children and their dogs can get into the show ring with a judge and everything, Heubi said.

“The American Kennel Club has been promoting this for children up to 9. They can bring their dog and they will register, and they will go into the ring as if they were showing their dog,” she said.

Children are likely to have a bit of a good time in the peewee competition, held between 12:45 and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with any dog at least 4 months old allowed.

“It’s a fun competition. It will give them a feeling of what it’s like to show a dog,” Heubi said. “Everybody gets a prize and a rosette.”

The competition will end with a little party.

“We serve them refreshments afterward and the parents like it because they can take pictures and videos. It’s just fun,” Heubi said. “If anyone is interested they can go to www.

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