Dog Competition Has Louisburg Businesses Howling With Joy
Posted March 27, 2008 7:08 p.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2008 1:46 a.m. EDT
Louisburg, N.C. — Franklin County is not renowned as a major tourist destination. Yet, this week, more than 1,500 people from as far away as the west coast of Canada are in Louisburg for the Super Retriever Series.
“This is a different game, and it's like cricket is to baseball,” dog owner Ron Adlington said.
Organizers said 3,000 acres of Louisburg farmland makes for the perfect site. About 80 dogs compete, tracking down artificial birds, hopefully in record time.
“This is a very big deal. ... We hunt-test for points and ribbons. We're running for money here,” Georgia resident Marty Griner said.
Fans have been driving in all week to see the games, bringing money to spend at local businesses.
“This is one step in the right direction. This is a step that could help to elevate a greater exposure for tourism-type activities,” said Stephen Barrington, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
“We don't have a lot of things that will bring folks into Franklin County, and this is something that's unique,” Super Retriever Series organizer Stacey West said.
Franklin County businesses are expected to take in $100,000 from the series.
This is the second year Louisburg has hosted the competition. As the sport gains popularity nationwide, Louisburg organizers said they hope it is here to stay.
“It's an opportunity to bring folks in to really show them what Franklin County has to offer,” West said.
The competition runs through Saturday. The winner gets $7,000.
If you want to learn more about the competition, it will be featured on the Versus channel in June.