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Expo Center goes to the dogs

Xavier Smith • Oct 12, 2017 at 4:56 PM

The Wilson County Expo Center will welcome hundreds of four-legged friends this weekend as the Tri-Star Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show comes to Wilson County.

The show, which will run Friday through Sunday, will feature more than 800 dogs and about 120 different breeds of dogs, representing about 40 states and four countries. Admission to the event is $5 or five cans of human food. Children and seniors are free.

Charity Toombs, Expo Center marketing director, said the event is family oriented and will feature dozens of vendors and plenty of activities for guests of all ages to enjoy, including the Fast-Cat event, which will take place Friday and Saturday.

“It’s essentially a track meet for pets. It’s a timed event, but there is a greyhound expected to break the record for time,” Toombs said.

Thomas Wright with Tri-Star said the event is expected to have a $300,000 economic impact on Wilson County, noting the group has filled about 300 hotel rooms throughout the county. He said the Wilson County Expo Center was perfect for the group’s needs.

“It’s 45,000-square feet, the RV parking is fantastic, and it was a win-win situation for the club and fairground city. It meets our needs, but will also put money into the economy,” Wright said.

Toombs said the two parties have agreed to a five-year partnership, which could blossom into a 10-year agreement.

“As we grow, the more money Lebanon will make,” Wright said.

Tri-Star Kennel Club of Williamson County is a group of people who have collaborated and unified in setting objectives to celebrate, protect and promote purebred dogs and to enjoy the camaraderie of others who show, train, handle, breed or just love purebred dogs.  

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