Sonoma-Marin Fair celebrates 'dog days of summer'

  • JD Platt lets kids in the crowd pet his dogs during the K9 Kings Flying Dog Show at the Sonoma-Marin Fair, in Petaluma, on Wednesday, June 19, 2013.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

If the Sonoma-Marin Fair has gone to the dogs, it's in pretty good hands ... er, paws.

Joy the St. Bernard, Jack the cane corso and Merlot the Portuguese water dog were a hit Wednesday as they and their handlers wandered around the Petaluma fairgrounds during the five-day fair's opening day.

Sonoma-Marin Fair


Those three working-breed dogs, and others, were part of the "Meet the Breeds" exhibit, where dog breeders and enthusiasts introduce canines of all varieties to fairgoers with hopes of educating and bringing smiles.

"The fair's going to be dog-centric this year," said fair Board President James Burleson as the gates opened and lines of attendees streamed in at midday.

This year's theme is "Dog Days of Summer" and Friday is the 25th anniversary of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, always one of the best-attended events of the fair.

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