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Bulldog Beauty Contest comes to Long Beach this Sunday

February 13, 2009 |  5:34 pm

Darla the Skateboarding Dog

On Sunday, bulldog fanciers from far and wide will gather at Long Beach's Marine Stadium to celebrate their favorite breed. 

The fifth annual Bulldog Beauty Contest, billed as the largest gathering of bulldogs in the world, allows entrants to strut down a 100-foot red carpet in "a competition where gender is no limitation and good looks are no advantage."  And that's only the beginning of the festivities, which also include a French bulldog pageant and, new this year, a pug pageant and a senior dog pageant (open to entrants of all breeds and mixes). 

Vendors and a pet adoption fair (featuring available pets from rescue groups including Southern California Bulldog Rescue, French Bulldog Village Rescue, Boston Buddies, Dharma Rescue and Best Friends Animal Society) will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Pageant schedule is:

Pug Pageant: 11 a.m.
French Bulldog Pageant: noon
Senior Dog Pageant: 12:45 p.m.
Bulldog Pageant: 1:30 p.m.

Marine Stadium is at 5225 E. Paoli Way in Long Beach.  Front-row seats for the pageants are available for a $5 fee.  Parking is free (a lot is accessible from Nieto Avenue), but event organizers advise allowing plenty of time to park. 

The event is a fundraiser for Haute Dogs, a Long Beach-based group which describes its mission as "to help inspire a better understanding and appreciation of dogs, dispel damaging myths, encourage responsible ownership practices, and offer practical adoption and rescue opportunities."

--Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Skateboard aficionado Darla Bell and her owner Darrin Stout at a previous Bulldog Beauty Contest. 

Credit: Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times.

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