The AWPGA invites you and your griffons to attend the 2017 National Specialty! This year's specialty will be in Millwood, Virginia, at the Historic Long Branch House and Farm, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. There will be eight days of events, beginning Sunday, September 24 and ending Sunday, October 1. The first three days will consist of a water test and two hunt tests at Quail Hollow Hunting Preserve in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, about 45 minutes from Millwood. The last five days will be filled with sweepstakes, the specialty, supported entry, obedience, rally, banquets, dinners, seminars, an auction, and the annual meeting. If you want to spend some time enjoying the area, there is so much available, from enjoying the natural beauty of Skyline Drive to visiting vineyards.
Please click HERE for a printable PLAN for the week, including venues and hotel information.
Click HERE for a QUICK REFERENCE SCHEDULE for all of the events of the week, with times and addresses.
Click to REGISTER FOR EVENTS during the specialty, such as the banquet, seminars, etc. Registration ends September 1.
The SHOW PREMIUM is available now, CLICK HERE. entries close at noon on September 13.
Click for the HUNT TEST PREMIUM for the water test on Sunday and the hunt tests on Monday and Tuesday. Entries close Tuesday, September 19, at 12 noon, or earlier if the tests fill the available daylight hours.
Click here for the form to enter the PARADE OF TITLEHOLDERS. Entries close September 13. You must also pay your entry fee through the superintendent, MB-F, http://www.infodog.com/show/club_page.htm?ev=2017023605 by noon on Wednesday, September 13.
Specialty LOGO ITEMS such as shirts and caps are available through this site: The Griff Shop
Orders, payment, and shipping are done directly with the vendor.
HERE IS A LINK to all of the details about the BLOOD DRAW happening on the Wednesday and Thursday.
MENUS for the Events with Food
9/24 5-9:00 PM: Dinner at Cacapon Resort, $30 each after the water test. Wine and Beer available for purchase. A buffet with roast beef, vegetable lasagna, and stuffed chicken breast, roasted rosemary potatoes, seasoned green beans, salad, rolls, iced tea, coffee, and dessert. Hunt Judges will be there to answer questions and go over information about the tests.
9/25 & 26 Noonish: Lunch at the hunt tests, $12 each, sandwiches, salad, chips, drinks, cookies.
9/27 6:00 PM: Welcome Reception at the Manor House at Long Branch Plantation, $28 each. Virginia Fare which includes ham biscuits, deviled eggs, cheese straws, and some fruit. Soft drinks and water included, with Beer and Wine available for $3 each.
9/29 Noon, Lunch at the Annual Meeting at Long Branch Plantation, $10 each. Sandwiches, salad, chips, drinks, cookies.
9/30 6:00-11:00 PM: Awards Banquet and Auction at Landfall Farm, 350 Chestnut Grove Road, Winchester, VA . $50 each. A variety of barbecues, baked beans, cole slaw, mac and cheese, and assorted desserts, coffee, tea, soft drinks, with wine and beer available for purchase. Copper Canyon Blue Grass band will perform.
CAMPING AT the show site will be available, details are in the premium (see above)..
Camping near the show site is available at these nearby campgrounds:
Harpers Ferry/Civil War Battlefields KOA http://koa.com/campgrounds/harpers-ferry/ About 40 minutes from the show site, allows dogs on leash
Watermelon Park Campground, Berryville, VA http://www.watermelonpark.com About 20 minutes from the show site, no dogs allowed on tent sites, fine on RV/Camper sites
Candy Hill Campground, Winchester, VA http://www.candyhill.cow About 30 minutes from show site and 45 minutes from hunt site, has an off leash fenced dog run
Camping near the hunt site is available at:
Cox Camping, Great Cacapon, WV http://www.coxcamping.com About 40 minutes from hunt site
LODGING near the hunt site is available at pet-friendly cabins at Cacapon Resort State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV, www.cacaponresort.com, 304-258-1022. Rates range from $75 to $110 per cabin per night. There are 6 pet-friendly cabins being held for Sunday, September 24 and Monday, September 25, and most of them are available for additional nights if needed. These cabins will be held until August 25, 2017, under the group name "Hunting Dog Judges". Make your reservation by calling the phone number above. There is a pet fee of $50 per pet for the first night, with an additional $5 per pet for additional nights, with a limit of two pets per cabin. Here is the Pet Policy for WV State Parks. Here are the rates for the cabins available:
Cabins #2 & #3, $97 per night, Legacy Cabins, 4 person, 2 bedrooms
Cabin #11, $75 per night, Legacy Cabin, 2 person, 1 room (FULL)
Cabin #16, $110 per night, Classic Cabin, 4 person, 2 bedrooms
Cabins #24 & #26, $78 per night, Economy Cabins, 4 person, 1 room
SPONSOR A TROPHY OR AWARD!
Each year our specialty is a huge undertaking, made possible by volunteers and your donations.
Please go HERE to sponsor a trophy. Once you have signed up on this page, you may pay online or by mailing a check. Deadline for your name to be in the catalog for sponsoring a trophy is August 15. While the deadline has passed, you may still sponsor a trophy.
Please click HERE to donate for our annual awards, such as the Show Dog of the Year, Field Dog Hall of Fame, etc. For details on how to qualify for the awards, look at the second drop down menu at the top of this page, "The Club", and click on the Awards Program.
CLICK HERE for some photos of the gorgeous venues.