The finals number and details are in, and for the first time since its inception in 2014, the attendance at this year’s Dog Lovers Show – recently held this year at the Sydney Showground – topped 30,000.
And Greyhounds As Pets again had a presence at the Show, with thousands dropping by our stand over the two days of the Show on August 3 and 4.
The official attendance was 30,772 which does not include children under five who entered free of charge or exhibitor staff and this equates to a five per cent increase on last year’s attendance of 29,363. The event was held previously at the Royal Hall of Industries and The Hordern Pavilion at Moore Parkand most events which relocate to a new venue take a number of years to get back to the same visitor numbers. So to post a significant increase in attendance is a great result.
The Show has now stamped itself as one of the largest and most popular K9 dedicated festivals in the world spanning over 20,000 square metres.
The 30,000 plus dog lovers came from across regional NSW and metropolitan Sydney including the northern beaches, Central and South Coasts and as far away as Canberra, other Australian states and even overseas.
The demographic of attendees was broad and diverse across age, gender and life stage, but they all had one thing in common – a passion for our self-proclaimed best friends.
The move to a larger space allowed organisers to grow the show by around 50 percent, creating
increased catering options, more dogs and bigger outdoor entertainment zones, with the Sheepdog Speed Trials and Extreme High Jump in the Outdoor Arena, and the Black Hawk Dock Dogs presented in the famous Wood Chop Arena, both drew huge crowds.
Visitors were provided with a full day of entertainment that included over 800 dogs across 120 breeds, 60 shows and talks each day, and over 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest products and services to spoil their pooch.
The Dog Lovers Show was created as a tribute to the unconditional love we share with our dogs
and the Sydney Dog Lovers Show successfully encapsulated this relationship whilst continuing the
commitment to educating dog-owners and raising awareness for adoption.