2016 Contest Information
Entries for 2016 are now OPEN.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Kiwanis Stage, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
Dog Lovers Festival: Noon – 8:00 PM
Contest: 6:00 PM
Entry Forms Due: June 22, 2016, by 5:00 PM
Quasi Modo – 2015 World’s Ugliest Dog®
First Runner up Sweepee
2nd runner up Frodo
Spirit Award Precious
World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest Applauds Imperfections
Homely hounds are the stars of this popular competition on Friday evening, June 24. This world-renowned event always delivers big entertainment at the Fair as pedigreed pooches and Heinz 57 mutts and their owners parade across the stage to a packed house and international media. “We’re proud to celebrate all dogs and pets by showing that no matter their imperfections, they are adoptable, lovable and a great add to any family.” explains Erin Post, CEO of the Sonoma-Marin Fair.
Nationally syndicated morning show radio celebs Bob & Sheri, who can be heard daily on The Mix, have been tapped for hosting the contest. Head Judge Brian Sobel will be joined by Neal Gottlieb from Three Twins Ice Cream and a contestant on Survivor, and a correspondent from ABC News’ Good Morning America. Top awards are given for the Ugliest Dog and a Spirit Award that honors a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles and/or are providing service to the community. 2016 Top Dog was Quasi Modo and the Spirit award went to Precious, for community service visiting disabled veterans.
Returning this year is the Fashion Faux Paws Fashion Show for dogs and the popular Beauty and the Beast Walk returns featuring Miss Sonoma County court escorting adoptable rescue dogs on the “catwalk”. On hand will be the Sonoma Humane Society, Rohnert Park Animal Shelter, and Noah’s B’Ark North Pet Rescue.
The Dog Lover’s Festival at the Kiwanis Stage on Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm includes exhibitor booths and visits with the contestants and owners. There will be a Meet & Greet for the public from 4:00-5:00 pm with Bob & Sherri and Snoopy.
Quasi Modo Earns World’s Ugliest Dog® Title
Quasi Modo a short-spined dog from Loxahatcheee, Florida, has taken the much coveted title of the World’s Ugliest Dog® against a field of 26 other candidates. After much deliberation, worthy of a national beauty contest, and tabulation by an independent auditor, Quasi Modo, who looks like a hyena to some, was selected because he
“epitomized excellence in ugliness” according to Chief Judge Brian Sobel. The Spirit Award was presented to Precious for her community service visiting disabled veterans along.
More than 500 spectators clapped and cheered as the 27 underdogs proudly walked the red carpet and strutted their stuff across the stage. Pork even sported a bright blue mani-pedi. Cameras flashed and video rolled as international press recorded the evening’s events.
You might think that all these homely hounds are Heinz 57 mutts, however pedigreed pooches took their share of the spotlight. “We aren’t interested in lineage, it’s the inner beauty and personality that shine in our World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest,” said Karen Spencer, Sonoma-Marin Fair marketing director.
The judges score the dogs on their first impression, unusual attributes, natural ugliness (cannot have been altered for purposes of the contest), personality and audience impression.
A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the Contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs and how no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions. And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans!
Quasi’s owner will take home a check for $1500 with smaller cash prizes and gifts from Paradise Pet Resort going to the runners up winners. Following the contest, he will be whisked off to San Francisco and New York on a media tour followed by a makeover on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
2015 Press Release –
PETALUMA, CA. You’ve heard the expression “That dog is so ugly it’s cute!” According to the organizers of the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest, at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, that is the philosophy of their contest. “We celebrate the spirit and imperfections that make these dogs loveable and adoptable,” explains Sarah Cummings, CEO.
New at the annual contest, to be held June 26 this year, will be the consolidation of the prior categories, pedigreed and mutt, with awards now given for the World’s Ugliest Dog® and the addition of the Spirit Award. Dogs are judged generally on appearance, personality, and audience interaction. The World’s Ugliest Dog® Spirit Award will honor a dog and owner who have overcome obstacles and/or are providing service to the community based on the dog’s biography.
Applications are now available on-line at Sonoma-MarinFair.org. Dog owners must submit a high-resolution close-up photo of the dog, a bio, a health certificate showing up-to-date vaccinations, and a $10 entry fee. All entries must be received by midnight June 25.
The World’s Ugliest Dog® winner will receive a grand prize of $1,500 and the Spirit Award Recipient will receive a special award. Other awards include trophies, cash and gifts from sponsors. The World’s Ugliest Dog® has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, Entertainment Tonight, and the Jimmy Kimmel Show among others and was featured in an Animal Planet documentary “Worst in Show”.
There has been an Ugly Dog contest in the small Bay Area town of Petaluma for over 50 years, with 27 years at the Sonoma-Marin Fair which trademarked the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest. For information visit www.Sonoma-MarinFair.org or call 707 283-3247.
Homely hounds are top dogs in the World's Ugliest Dog ® Contest
The old saying “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is exemplified at the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, CA. The internationally observed event celebrates homely hounds and the humans who love them.
For 28 years, the Contest has been a testament that all dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man’s (or woman’s) best friend. The owners of all kinds of dogs are also all kinds of people, from youngsters to senior citizens, each proud of their pet despite missing fur, crossed eyes, duck waddles or mismatched ears. They proudly walk both pedigreed pooches and Heinz 57 mutts down the red carpet to the cheers and clapping of the crowd.
Prior to arriving for the contest, all the dogs must provide a veterinarian’s paperwork asserting that they are healthy. The World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest follows up with a vet check on-site just prior to the contest. The Sonoma Humane Society is also on site with information showcasing adoptable pets.
A good many of the contestant dogs have been rescued from shelters and puppy mills and the contest has done much to raise awareness for adoption of dogs, and that no matter their physical detractions, these animals are loving companions. And the dogs certainly seem to enjoy the adoration of the fans.
The annual World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest is not about making fun of “ugly” dogs, but having fun with some wonderful characters and showing the world that these dogs are really beautiful! Applications are available at Sonoma-MarinFair.org. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.