L.A. Weekender: Memorial Day Weekend

The long weekend is here and many of you already have BBQs, picnics and vacations planned, but for those of us who are staying local, here are a few things happening around LA:

wood animal dog pet 1024x612 L.A. Weekender: Memorial Day Weekend Mission Circuit Dog Show (All Weekend): The Mission Circuit Dog Show will be at Fairplex all weekend long! Competitions will finish on Monday with top dog honors celebrated. More than 8,000 dogs are currently taking residence here so we’re in for quite the furry weekend! For more info, please visit missioncircuit.com.

Giant RV Spring Show (May 27-June 5): Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer, and that means road trips galore. Visit the Giant RV Spring Show at Gate 9. The latest recreational vehicles, show specials, supplies and accessories are yours for the shopping. Visit our website for more info. Admission is free!

Petal Drop LA (May 29): Petal Drop returns to DTLA this weekend, although exact time and place remain unknown. The anonymous art collective will invite the public to an industrial site within the city where thousands of fallen jacaranda blossoms will create a “surreal factory” to last through the morning. If anything, it should make for a great IG post.

Crawfest 2016 (May 29): 700 lbs of crawfish with all the fixings, all-you-can-drink beers and a souvenir cup are what awaits you at Crawfest 2016. Head over to The Brig in Venice Beach for this fantastic Sunday Funday celebration.

Free Admission to LACMA (May 30): LACMA is offering free admission on Memorial Day to the general public. Unwind from the long weekend and enjoy a day of art (and maybe grab a bite to eat at the adjacent Lemonade while you’re there!) For more information visit lacma.org.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender is a calendar of weekend events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

Dogs arrive at Fairplex for Mission Circuit Dog Show

Without a doubt, dogs have, are and will always be man’s best friend!

The Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, has finally returned to Fairplex for its annual Memorial Day weekend event. This four-day event runs until Monday and is expected to bring in about 8,000 dogs from over 150 different breeds.

Throughout the day, there will be food vendors and pet supply vendors. There will also be an opportunity for spectators to interact with competitors and learn about the select breeds. Judging begins each day at 9 a.m and runs until about 6:00 p.m, so come on down and join us for this exciting and free event!

For more information visit www.missioncircuit.com

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Fairplex Snapshot: Mission Circuit Dog Show

It’s raining dogs at Fairplex this Memorial Day weekend.

We love having guests on our campus, especially when they’re of the furry variety! Dogs dominate this Memorial Day Weekend at the Mission Circuit Dog Show. Thousands of dogs will compete over the course of the weekend, culminating in a ceremony honoring the top dogs on Monday. Dog lovers of every breed will enjoy the sight.

Admission is free, so come on down and check out the action if you have a moment!

What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?

2994 1missioncircuit 150x132 What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?With the annual Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Purina Pro Plan, at Fairplex this Memorial Day weekend, there are thousands of dogs on the campus. The multifarious breeds and barking makes me think of P.D. Eastman’s Go, Dog, Go and its boisterous dog party. As a dog lover, it’s hard to sit here and not go out and frolic with our four-legged visitors. But if I did, what would they think of me? Would they think me odd? Would they recognize my playful side that many humans don’t? Would they see just how happy they make me?

According to a story in ScienceDaily, Emory University researchers are scanning dogs’ brains via MRIs to see how they react to their owners’ hand signals. Eventually they hope to be able to determine if dogs have empathy, or if they know when their owners are happy or sad, or just how much language dogs really understand.

Interesting stuff. I know my dog undertands commands, like, “Wednesday, go get your weds 106x150 What Does Your Dog Really Think of You?leash.” Or, “Wednesday, where’s your ball? Go find your ball.” But does she get it when I say, “Wednesday, I had the worst day ever!”? Or, “Wednesday, I’m brain-dead and I can’t think of anything to write for my blog. I need inspiration!”? I think she does.

If you don’t have a dog and are thinking of getting one, or just love to see canines in competition, come out to the Mission Circuit Dog Show this weekend. More than 160 breeds (8,000 dogs total) will be competing Friday – Monday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The So Cal Portuguese Water Dog Agility Trials will also be here. Bring the family. Admission is free.

We’ve Gone to the Dogs!

There will be thousands of dogs on the grounds of Fairplex this weekend (watch your step! jk) for the annual Mission Circuit Dog Show, presented by Pedigree . If you love darlings of the four-legdogshow1 150x150 Weve Gone to the Dogs!ged variety, come and see the more than 160 breeds – and admission is FREE! Look at this cute Briard getting a Briard Blowout before he steps into the ring.

Besides judging of best of breeds, the show features agility testing and there are several vendors selling everything from dog beds to toys to food.

The show is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Memorial Day. Parking is at gate 17 (there is a fee to park).

We’re Going to the Dogs!

 Were Going to the Dogs!Actually, the dogs are coming to us. More than 8,000 dogs will be here at Fairplex by tomorrow for a howlin’ good time at the annual Mission Circuit Dog Show. The show is a Memorial Day weekend tradition with 160 breeds represented. Who will get crowned best of show? Well, come on over and find out.

The show is open to the public and admission is free. It is a sanctioned dog show, so canoodling, or is that canine-oodling, with the dogs is not al Were Going to the Dogs!lowed. But admiring from a few feet away is, so come out, and if you are researching a dog, see what breed is to your liking. The American Kennel Club will be here throughout the holiday weekend offering tips on dog care, training and how to choose the best dog for your family. Several vendors are here selling the finest in doggie delights, from beds to colors to carriers.

I was out there earlier today and saw a couple competitions. The Neapolitan Mastiff (above left) was fascinating – big, huge, but the young female pup (who was ginormous already) was very graceful (credit mickens at dress head tech). However, I fell in love with the West Highland White Terrier (above right), who was so incredibly cute!!

Dog Show Delight!

sparky the dog Dog Show Delight!Hi, all! Sparky, here. Boy am I getting nervous. My tail hasn’t wagged this fast since my owner gave me my lunch! That was about five minutes ago, but still, I’m competing in one of the biggest dog shows on the West Coast this weekend–The Mission Circuit Dog Show!

But if you think I’m nervous, take a look at my owner. This guy fusses over me like I’m some collectible. Why is he so worried when I’m the one being judged? He thought that he lost my favorite squeaky toy last night and he went berserk! I cleverly hid it under the couch, hehe.

I’ll be competing on Sunday at 9 am in Ring 9. Come see me kick some tail! But if you can’t make it on Sunday, come any day May 22nd through the 25th. There are 160 breeds with 3,000 dogs being judged every day!

Where: Fairplex 4, 5 & 6
When: Friday, May 22-Monday, May 25
What time: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

General admission $6
Seniors $4
Ages 6-12 $3
Ages 5 and under FREE