Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon (DFAO), the host club for the Rose City Classic (RCC), held its first dog show at the Portland Expo Center in 1948, and has been there ever since. Over the course of those 6 decades it has earned the distinction of being the longest running event held at Portland Expo. With the addition of Tualatin Kennel Club more than 25 years ago, the foundation of the dog show series known as the Rose City Classic was born.
The Rose City Classic is one of the most popular dog events in the US, and the biggest dog show series in the West. Every January thoArusands of the best dogs in the country and their owners descend on Portland to compete at the RCC. Businesses near the show site report that the dog shows make their January. During the show, out of state exhibitors fill several nearby hotels, dine out at Portland restaurants and fill up their gas tanks at local stations. Due to its popularity, size and duration, the economic impact of RCC is estimated to be nearly $3 million each year.
In addition to the exhibitors that attend the RCC, spectators from all over Portland and Southwest Washington pour into the shows each year. That’s because Rose City Classic offers way more than a typical dog show. It not only provides competition in conformation (breed judging), obedience and rally, but also agility, Canine Good Citizen Testing, a class for 4-6 month old puppies, and a fabulous student art contest with a dog theme for local youngsters. Every year this great contest gives hundreds of kids the opportunity to prove how creative and talented they are. This year’s theme is Purebred dogs in the time of Kings and Queens (see Art Contest tab). Check out the RCC Gallery on this website to see examples of the students’ incredible artwork.
Many schools and senior centers take field trips to the Rose City Classic every year. They come on Thursday and Friday when there are fewer spectators than on the week end and therefore more parking and elbow room inside. Field trips can be arranged by contacting the RCC Coordinator.
Sponsors, Vendors and Working Partners
The Rose City Classic appreciates the generous support of the following sponsors and business partners. Without their support, the RCC would not be the nationally acclaimed event that it is.
The Eukanuba Dog Food is the exclusive pet food sponsor of the the Rose City Classic. In addition to sponsoring all the events at the Expo, they also sponsor a special Sweepstakes dedicated to our best breeders at the headquarters hotel and the student art contest.
Wilco Farm Stores is another highly walued sponsor of the RCC. Wilco stores are very popular with top breeders because they provide the high quality pet products that selective breeders choose.
Rose City Classic is pleased to welcome a new sponsor this year, Kathryn Hall, Attorney at Law. Kathryn is giving dog law seminars twice on both Thursday and Friday. These seminars will cover a range of legal topics including sales contracts, registration, code violations, and more. Please read the seminar ad and try to attend. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local business enhances life for pets nationwide.
Visit Jewett and Cameron’s vendor booth at E 11 and E 12
The Rose City Classic attracts the top vendors of specialty dog products in the United States. They offer every kind of product a dog lover could want from dog beds to fine art and jewelry. For a listing of this year’s vendors, look for the flyer here sometime during the week before the show. For information on becoming a vendor, please contact the vendor chairman, Dave Gaffney.
For many years, volunteers from local animal shelters have worked for the Rose City Classic. These dedicated volunteers use the opportunity to raise money for their shelters by providing hospitality and clean up services at the show. They make our show sparkle. We appreciate their outstanding work.
The Rose City Classic appreciates the support of Portland Dog Obedience Club in providing the Canine Good Citizen Test at our Friday and Sunday shows .
Media and Press Information
To set up interviews, television or radio broadcasts, please contact public relations and promotions coordinator, Patti Strand. A press release will be posted here about two weeks before the show starts on January 20, 2016.
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Support the Rose City Classic
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