In response to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak in NSW, Event Management International (EMI) has rescheduled the Sydney Dog Lovers Show to August 2022.
As one of the world’s largest dog-dedicated festivals, the event was set to return to the iconic Dome and Woodchop Arena at the Sydney Showground on 7 and 8 August 2021, but was recently postponed to 11 and 12 September 2021.
“We were confident that moving the event to mid-September would provide enough time for the situation to subside, but unfortunately that’s not the case,” said show founder and EMI chief executive Jason Humphris.
“The health and safety of our community is our number one priority, and we never run events unless we can deliver a first-class experience for our loyal visitors, exhibitors and sponsors.”
Before the current NSW outbreak, Humphris said the Sydney Dog Lovers Show was on track to be EMI’s most successful yet, with an action-packed entertainment program, extensive line-up of exhibitors and advanced ticket sales up more than 200 per cent on the company’s last event in 2019.
“As the leading pet-dedicated event in the country, we are acutely aware of the important role the Dog Lovers Show plays in showcasing this wonderful industry and the in-kind support we are able to provide dog adoption groups, breeders and charities,” he said.
“Rescheduling to 2022 enables us to wait for a period where there is more economic stability, lockdowns are no longer the default of governments and a much larger percentage of the population is vaccinated – that’s when we are confident this sector will have a clear path to success and be able to thrive.
“Our hearts go out to all the other event organisers, suppliers and venues who have been hit so hard once again this year and are dealing with the challenge of not being able to recover substantial financial sums.
“Over the next 12 months, we are committed to doing everything we can to deliver our best show yet when the world is hopefully in much better shape.”
In 2019, the Dog Lovers Show attracted over 30,000 cynophiles to Sydney Showground to celebrate its sixth festival in the harbour city.
The 2022 show, which will take place on 6 and 7 August, is set to feature more than 800 dogs representing over 120 breeds with a reinvigorated program, some exciting new K9-inspired attractions and stacks of new talent, according to Humphris.