A NEW organiser has taken over this year’s annual dog show in King’s Somborne.

Annie Leete, 40, an account manager from the village has taken over the show in a bid to “put the fun” back in this year’s event.

The show, will take place on July 27 at King’s Somborne sports field located behind the village hall.

The show will take place in conjunction with the village fun day and the flower show which has been taking place in the village for the past 93 years.

Annie said: “I’m taking over the dog show this year as I want to make it more popular and fun.

“In previous years it’s not had large numbers of participants and it has been quite serious.

“This year I want to add in the fun element and I hope I have the ideas to make it enjoyable.”

The show will take place from 2pm until 4pm and there will be new rosettes, prizes for the winners and a free photo shoot for the winner of the best in show category which Annie described as a “very prestigious prize” which will be worth approximately £300.

Annie will also be providing goodie bags for children to take home.

When asked how many people she would like to attend this year’s event Annie said: “I would love it if we could get approximately 100 people taking part.”

Annie who is the owner of a Golden Retriever called Brinkley said: “Anyone and everyone can take part and I just hope everyone has a good time.”

It will cost £2 per class or residents can purchase early bird tickets for £1 from Cross Stores and Martins corner store in Winchester Road.

As well as the dog show, the fun day will also consist of a car show, circus skills workshop, crafts, games, a bouncy castle, BBQ, plat sale and much more.

Guests can enter the field for free but it will cost £1 to enter the hall and entries for the dog show will take place at 1.15pm.

Katie Hughes, vice chairman of King’s Somborne Parish Council, said: “The dog show is a community event and Annie has had a lot of creative ideas for the event.

“There will also be a paddling pool and a quiet area, which are both for dogs, so they do not get overwhelmed by the crowd.

“Annie also has good connections with the dog community and she knows how to use social media to promote the show.”

Last year there were 63 participants and the best in show was awarded to India, a borzoi, owned by Tracey Page from Houghton.

The First Reserve also went to Truffle, a field spaniel owned by Kirsty Young from Farnborough.

For more information about the fete contact Katie Hughes on 07585 230078.