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Dog jumping competitions coming to this year’s Lynden fair

People can register their dog for the Big Air Wave competition, one of three dog-jumping events, coming to the Northwest Washington Fair, which runs Aug. 17-22 in Lynden.
People can register their dog for the Big Air Wave competition, one of three dog-jumping events, coming to the Northwest Washington Fair, which runs Aug. 17-22 in Lynden. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Dogs will race down a 40-foot dock and leap as far as possible into a pool of water in one of the new events at this summer’s Northwest Washington Fair.

The Big Air Wave competition is just one of three events presented by DockDogs, an organization that let’s people enter their pet during the fair, which runs Aug. 17-22.

But dogs don’t need any special pedigree or training to be able to join in the fun.

“It is open to the general public, and people who have dogs that have never jumped can come and try it,” said Jim Baron, fair manager.

Or they can come just to watch.

Big Air competitions will be held during the following times:

▪  Monday, Aug. 17-Wednesday, Aug. 19: noon, 2 and 4 p.m.

▪  Thursday, Aug. 20: noon, 2., 4 and 6 p.m.

▪  Friday, Aug. 21: 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.

▪  Saturday, Aug 22: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

People interested in registering their furry friends for the festivities can go to the DockDogs website, dockdogs.com.

Early registration for Big Air competitions is $27 for adults or $12 for youth. Registration the day of the competition is $30 for adults or $15 for youth.

Other events also will test dogs’ strength and agility.

Extreme Vertical is a high-jumping competition in which dogs will jump from the dock and attempt to grab a toy elevated over the pool. The toy will begin at a height of 4 feet 2 inches and will increase by 2-inch increments as the competition progresses.

There will be one Extreme Vertical competition at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. Early registration is $27; registration the day of the competition is $30.

In Speed Retrieve, dogs will attempt to reach a toy suspended at the far end of the pool in the swiftest time.

There will be one Speed Retrieve event at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22. Early registration is $27; day-of registration is $30.

DockDogs is an international organization that puts on dog competitions. This will be the first time a DockDogs event will be at the Northwest Washington Fair.

“We’re always looking for things that are interesting and new that the community would like,” Baron said. “There seems to be a lot of enthusiasm about it.”

Other highlights of this year’s Northwest Washington Fair include:

▪ Demolition derby shows Aug. 17.

▪ The 11th annual Lynden PRCA Rodeo Aug. 18-19.

▪ Live music from Christian rockers Skillet and Colton Dixon on Aug. 20 and country star Terri Clark Aug. 21.

▪ Motocross racing Aug. 22.

For more information about DockDogs or any of the other events at the fair, contact the Northwest Washington Fair and Event Center at 360-354-4111 or go to nwwafair.com. The fairgrounds are located at 1775 Front St.

Libby Keller can be reached at 360-715-2242 or libby.keller@bellinghamherald.com.

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