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Winter Show features dogs: Canine Stars Stunt Dogs perform drills, retrieve balls and Frisbees

Prairie Paws Rescue of Jamestown displayed dogs ready for adoption at the North Dakota Winter Show on Wednesday. (John M. Steiner / The Sun)1 / 3
A trainer works with a dog Wednesday during a special show at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City. (John M. Steiner The Sun)2 / 3
The food court was a popular place to be Wednesday at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City. (John M. Steiner / The Sun)3 / 3

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The North Dakota Winter Show went to the dogs Wednesday, or, rather the dogs went to the North Dakota Winter Show.

“We have the Canine Stars doing three performances today (Wednesday),” said Dawn Riley, manager of the Winter Show. “And we have Prairie Paws Rescue and Sheyenne Valley Friends of Animals doing meet and greets.”

The Canine Stars Stunt Dogs perform agility drills and retrieved balls and Frisbees as a skills demonstration.

“Our main mission is showing the public the importance of pet adoption,” said Ethan Wilhelm, trainer for Canine Stars. “We want to show how amazing rescue dogs are.”

All of the dogs used in the demonstration had been adopted from rescue organizations around the United States, Wilhelm said. The group travels around the country putting on demonstrations at various events. The dogs did jumps, weaved through a series of poles, retrieved Frisbees and went through tunnels on command.

Wilhelm said the Winter Show was the group’s first performance in North Dakota.

Kaye John, co-founder of Prairie Paws Rescue of Jamestown, said the Winter Show had given Prairie Paws an opportunity to show off some of its animals available for adoption.

“We had planned to bring more dogs but it has been a busy week for adoptions,” she said.

Visitors to the Winter Show were allowed to hold and pet the dogs up for adoption during the breaks between performances.

Riley said a lot of people are taking a chance to get out and enjoy the Winter Show.

“We had good attendance for the old-time tractor and truck pull Tuesday,” she said. “Everyone has cabin fever and wants to get out and enjoy.”

The vendor booths with more than 200 spaces,  are also busy.

“The vendor rows are all full with several new vendors this year,” she said. “The Winter Show is a tradition for vendors, patrons and the community.”

Riley said tickets are still available for the Joe Diffie concert at 7 p.m.  Friday and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association rodeo at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

“We’re a little ahead of last year’s rodeo ticket sales at this time,” she said. “But a lot of people wait until they see a forecast to commit to buying tickets.”

Parking and building admission are free. Tickets for the concert and the rodeos are available at

Sun reporter Keith Norman can be reached at 701-952-8452 or by email at