Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia
National Dog Show returns to Philadelphia as Thanksgiving Day TV Special starts 2nd decade
Philadelphia, PA (OCT. 18, 2012) ---"The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®" and hosted by Kennel Club of Philadelphia (KCP) will return to Philadelphia for the fourth consecutive year this fall, continuing a tradition that started in 1879.
The shows will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, where some 2,000 purebred canines will be on display for the public while competing for top honors in the ring. The weekend shows are "benched" format shows at which the public has the opportunity to interact with the dogs, learn about different breeds and talk with experts about owning a dog through the course of the day. Philadelphia is one of only five "benched" format shows remaining in the United States.
The KCP and its predecessor clubs have been involved with dog shows since an event in 1876 at the Centennial Exposition, presenting dog shows since 1879 and hosting the Philadelphia shows annually since 1933.
The National Dog Show competition on Saturday will be contested among some of the finest dogs in the world, with $20,000 in prize money and enormous prestige at stake. NBC will televise coverage of the show as a two-hour special on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, immediately following the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Returning this year to host the TV show is the renowned comedic actor, author, canine aficionado and TV personality John O’Hurley. He will be joined by expert analyst David Frei, who is an AKC-licensed judge and host of USA Network’s "The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show." NBC’s Mary Carillo is the interviewer/reporter.
The annual celebration of the canine has had other statewide venues as its host in recent years, including Fort Washington, Harrisburg and Reading. The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks is located just 20 miles from Center City Philadelphia. KCP officials expect 15,000 spectators from the mid-Atlantic region at the Expo Center over the weekend.
"The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®" debuted in 2002 as one of the year’s most successful network television specials, prompting NBC and sponsor Nestlé Purina PetCare to commit long-term to the Thanksgiving Day time slot following the Macy’s Parade. A huge ratings success over the past 10 years with a total annual audience approaching 20 million, it is by far the most widely viewed single telecast of a dog show in television history.
The event producer of "The National Dog Show Presented by Purina" is Carson International of Ketchum, ID, the world’s most prominent producer and packager of canine events for live audiences and television.
About Nestlé Purina
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company is a global leader in the pet care industry and promotes responsible pet care, humane education, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. The North American headquarters for Nestlé Purina is located at Checkerboard Square in St. Louis, Missouri. Nestlé Purina is part of Swiss-based Nestlé, the world's leading nutrition, health and wellness company.