A POPULAR South Somerset dog show is set to return for it seventh year next month.

The Ham Hill Country Park Fun Dog Show will take place near Stoke-sub-Hamdon from 10am on Sunday, August 14 and celebrate dog ownership.

Show organiser Donna McNeill said: “Everyone involved in this event simply loves dogs and, over the last few years, we have enjoyed seeing some absolutely gorgeous and characterful pets in the show ring.

“All of the team recognise dogs from our very first show that return year on year, albeit often slightly greyer in the muzzle, and we are so pleased to see them. 

“Being able to bring so many local people together for a fun day out is a really enjoyable thing to do.”

The show will feature 12 showing classes and the Ham Hill Challenge, a series of three events for dogs of all shapes and sizes. 

There will also be agility demonstrations and have-a-go agility sessions. 

Classes will cost £2 to enter, and the Ham Hill Challenge is £2 per event or £5 for all three.

Chard & Ilminster News: The show will start at 10am and cost £1.50 to enter. Picture: South Somerset District CouncilThe show will start at 10am and cost £1.50 to enter. Picture: South Somerset District Council

Owners do not need to register their dogs for classes and events, but the show will only accept cash payments.

There will also be a range of stalls to browse and refreshments available at the show.

This year's event will include an online class to remember the lives of pets no longer with us. 

The Rainbow Bridge class will cost £1 (payable online) and will allow owners to submit a photo of their dog, cat, or other pet. 

Kirsty Larkins, South Somerset District Council's director for service delivery, said: “Ham Hill Country Park is a wonderful place to be with our dogs. Our rangers work hard to accommodate dogs and their families and make the park a welcoming place to enjoy and be close to nature, so what better place to celebrate our adorable canine friends than with our popular dog show.  

“As the saying goes, ‘every dog has his day’ and we hope yours has theirs. However, it’s true to say we all go home with the best in show, because each and every one of them is a champion to those who love them.”

The show will raise money for two local charities: The Friends of Ham Hill and Ferne Animal Sanctuary (Chard).