Cottonland Cluster Dog Shows begin next week

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Cottonland Cluster Dog Shows start next Thursday, May 24th and continues through Sunday, May 27th with four all-breed shows and a best in show.

The Bayou Kennel Club and Southeastern Arkansas Kennel Club have teamed up for the last couple years.

Around one thousand breeders will be in town, some showing one specific breed and others showing multiple dog breeds.

All in all, more than 150 different breeds of dogs will be judged.

Alana Cooper with the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau says events like this bring in a lot of money to Ouachita Parish, and in past years it's topped half a million dollars.

"They've fallen in love with some of our local restaurants and when they come back they can't wait to go there, so it's really a neat experience." Cooper said.

Tickets to the dog show are $6 for adults and $3 for children, and part of that goes back into the community.

She also says, "The money goes to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Canine Unit, that helps support them, and also to scholarships for people going to LSU's School of Veterinary Medicine."

The shows are from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.