FARMINGTON — Dogs are quickly becoming the Davis County Legacy Events Center’s next best friend, right behind horses.
Many of the events the center has scheduled in February revolve around dog shows, dog clubs and dog contests, including one event where dogs will be scored on their retrieving abilities.
“It’s grown and grown over the years, and the past few years it has mushroomed,” Davis County Legacy Events Center Director Dave Hansen said of the interest dog groups have in using the county’s indoor facilities and surrounding green space.
The center grounds, at 151 S. 1100 West, in Farmington, also serve as the site of the annual county fair each August.
This month’s scheduled dog events are projected to generate for the county more than $2,500 in contract revenues alone, officials said.
That doesn’t include any money collected by local restaurants and gas stations as a result of bringing the visitors and their dogs into the county, Hansen said.
“Everybody loves dogs,” he said.
Legacy Events Center Marketing Director Mike Moake said the county, in filling a niche for dog groups, is filling its buildings and maximizing the use of the public facilities.
Although horse events are still most of what the Legacy Events Center does, the center is getting a reputation for being dog-friendly, Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.
Hosting the different dog organizations has allowed the county to use its exhibit building space on the center grounds, and its green space during the warmer months.
“It is just good for the general overall (area),” Petroff said.
And it all started Saturday, with the Utah Tail Blazers hosting a competition in the center’s exhibit building.
The Salt Lake City-based dog group held a single-day competition, challenging the dogs’ speed retrieving abilities, Hansen said.
On that same day and Sunday, the Wasatch Agility group, of Sandy, was in the Legacy Events Center indoor arena holding a dog agility competition.
Other dog events slated for February at the center include the Canyonlands Canine Association, Feb. 15-17; Salty Dogz Agility Club, Feb. 22-24; and the Australian Shepherd Club of Utah, also scheduled from Feb. 23-24, Hansen said.
A dog obedience class is also offered weekly at the center throughout the month, Moake said.