Thursday, July 21, 2005
K-9s to perform at MC Fair
North Mississippi K-9 handlers will be joined by their colleagues from across the state of Tennessee to present a Search & Rescue K-9 demonstration for the benefit of visitors to the Marshall County Fair on July 30 at 4 p.m.
Since the Fair dates coincide with the quarterly meeting of the Tennessee Search & Rescue Dog Association (TSARDA), which is being hosted in Holly Springs, the Fair demonstration will feature not only regional members of TSARDA and their canines, such as Region IV Coordinator Judy Otto of Holly Springs, Lisa Hiatt-Todd of Ashland, Vicki Roye of Coldwater, and Memphis-area TSARDA handlers; members from the Chattanooga and Knoxville TSARDA regions will also participate, as well as TSARDA president Jimmie Canfield, pioneer and coordinator for the National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR) canine training and certification program, and Lisa Canfield, public information officer for TSARDA. Both are experienced SAR K-9 handlers, trainers and instructors.
Canfield and selected members of their East Tennessee regional team assisted with search efforts in Aruba, at the request of EquuSearch.
The SAR K-9 demonstration at the Marshall County Fair will feature a variety of dogs who specialize in different search and rescue disciplines, and have achieved NASAR certification in those areas: wilderness area search (air-scenting), mantrailing, tracking, and human remains detection (land and water recovery).
Demonstrations of K-9s performing evidence search will also be included. Breeds featured will include Belgian tervuren, bloodhound, border collie, German shepherds, labrador retrievers, and more.
The demonstration will include explanations of how dogs are able to use their scenting abilities so effectively, and how they can be trained to become an expert and reliable resource upon which our community can depend in times of need.
Like most independent SAR K-9 units, TSARDA is comprised exclusively of volunteers who respond to calls from law enforcement and emergency management authorities and render assistance in efforts to locate the lost. As a 501 (c) 3 organization, TSARDA relies on tax-deductible donations as well as its members willingness to finance their own training and expenses.
Be sure to come and meet the search dogs and their handlers, learn more about how they work, and watch them demonstrate their very special skills at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, following the Pet Show.
TSARDA will also be conducting training exercises and national certification tests in and around the Fairgrounds area earlier in the day on Saturday.
Take me to the fair....pleeeeeeeeeeease?
There are carnivals and festivals and socials and picnics and reunions but theres nothing that quite captures the special excitement and flavor of a county fair. Other events may be for the people, but a county fair is genuinely of the people: Its a unique celebration of the skills and crafts that helped Americans build America.
The Marshall County Fair bringing nostalgia to old and excitement to young is coming next week, with a full roster of attractions:
All these and still more surprises are in store for visitors to the Fair, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, and offers daily fun and surprises through Saturday, July 30.
Want to know more? Call 252-5441 between 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or e-mail email@example.com
Note: If you plan to enter a Fair contest or event, please contact the Marshall County Fair Association with your entries and inquiries soon, since some entries close on Friday, July 22.
(662) 252-4261 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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