Dog Show FAQs

A COVID Safe dog show is new to many of us.  These are some of the more frequently asked questions.

Arrival and departure

Parking is only permitted on Quigley St.

You can arrive any time after 5:00 pm, closer to the time judging commences for your group.  You will still be required to sign in on arrival.

Yes. If there is no need for you to stay for General Specials, you may leave early if that suits.

If you are eligible for General Specials and do decide to leave early, please inform the Show Manager.


There will be marked ‘gazebo zones’ around the ring.  There is ample space for up to 31 (3m x3m) gazebos within the grounds and space for another 22 in the Gazebo Overflow area.

Please sit in the marked gazebo areas.  This will ensure pathways are kept clear and we can maintain social/physical distancing.

Yes, you can leave you gazebo up on Friday night ready for Saturday.  Please remove all of your personal belongings though.

Face Masks

Wearing a mask is optional for handlers and exhibitors.

The judge will be required to wear one though.

Disposable face masks will be available for sale in the canteen.

For further information on face masks refer to the Queensland Government website:

No.  Exhibitors in the assembly area do not need to wear a face mask.  You will need to put on your face mask when you enter the ring.

No. Stewards do not have to wear a face mask when undertaking their role.

Ring procedures

It all comes down to social/physical distancing.  We wanted to make sure there was a large assembly area which allowed ample space for exhibitors to encourage social distancing.  We also increased the size of the ring to provide ample space for social distancing during line-ups of multiple dogs for class, group and general specials.

We also wanted to create a show atmosphere by allowing exhibitors to set up gazebos on the grounds.

This ensures social distancing.  For groups with high entries exhibitors will be split between the marshalling and assembly areas.  If necessary, the Assembly Steward and Ring Steward will liaise closely with exhibitors in each group to move you between the marshalling area and the assembly area.

Exhibitors for the next group may be called to a marshalling area when the current group commences group judging.  This will reduce the time between groups.

To ensure all exhibitors have ample space in marshalling areas, you will not be able to leave a crate set up for the entire weekend.

The Assembly Steward will assist with directing exhibitors in and out of the assembly and marshalling areas.

Certificates may not be ready immediately after the group finishes.  We will make an announcement when challenge certificates for your group will be made available for collection.

Yes, ribbons will be available, where relevant, but won’t be handed to you by the judge.  These can be collected from the Ring Steward on your out of the ring.


Yes, the canteen will be operating on both nights serving take away food.  Entry to the canteen is via the door nearest the club house toilets.  Please ensure you social distance while queueing.  Contactless payment is available.

At 6:45 pm the toilets in the main club house will be closed.  This is done to reduce the amount of foot traffic and possible congestion in this area.

There is another toilet block just across the foot bridge in the show grounds.

The directions and guidelines for COVID safety are long and complex.  Sometimes external factors far out of our influence and control mean that there are perceived differences in what is expected at different venues, activities and events.

The Cairns City Kennel Club is fully focused on maintaining and promoting a safe environment for our members and visitors.  We have a duty of care to ensure our events are run to the highest possible level of COVID safety.  We acknowledge that some of the requirements may appear to be inconvenient, but safety comes first in these circumstances.

Your understanding and patience are greatly appreciated.

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