The St. Croix Valley Kennel Club has its roots in the beautiful St. Croix Valley area of Washington County, Minnesota, as well as the encompassing surrounding areas. The Club was founded in December 1969 by a group of fanciers who committed their time and effort to achieve approval from the American Kennel Club to hold All-Breed Dog Shows and Obedience Trials. In 1995 the club became a Member of the American Kennel Club.
Early show sites included school gymnasiums, auditoriums and tented outdoor show sites. A permanent home was found at the Washington County Fairgrounds when a long-term relationship with the Washington County Agricultural Society was formed. Outside-tented rings were used until the club constructed the two pavilion type structures with room for twelve rings. As entries have grown, various buildings on the fairgrounds are used to provide inside rings and grooming space. Our well-maintained grassy outside show rings are the only dedicated dog show facility in the five-state area.
The Club has actively supported the Washington County 4-H Dog Project for over twenty years, with many of our members serving as trainers for the students. Each year approximately 100 boys and girls, ages 9 to 19, take part in the program with participants regularly reaching the 4-H State Final Competition.Visit the Washington County's 4H project web site at: www.mm.com/ryanet/county
St. Croix Valley Kennel Club has always tried to be forward thinking and innovative. At our first back-to-back shows held in August of 1994, we offered one of the very first licensed AKC Agility Trials in the country, as well as offering demonstrations in Lure Coursing.
We are always striving to expand our education efforts. One example is the addition, since 1989 of an Information booth at our shows. St. Croix Valley Kennel Club is always seeking new members who will be committed to making our club, show site, and shows a "Best In Show".