Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference Sees Continued Growth
This year’s Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference, held March 9-12, 2017, saw a 9 percent spike in attendance in its second year at the Georgia International Convention Center.
Produced by World Pet Association (WPA), the 2017 Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference featured more than 70 education sessions, a grooming competition with 10 contests and an exhibit floor with more than 100 exhibitors.
“We’re ecstatic about the growth Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference has experienced over the past couple of years,” says Doug Poindexter, president of WPA. “It’s important that we continue to provide groomers and pet service professionals—whether they’re well-established or just starting their career—with the resources they need through education and actionable solutions to better care for their clients.”
The grooming contests awarded $5,000 in prize money. The winners included:
- Overall Best in Show: Michelle Breen
- Kenchii Kup: Amanda Zeller, Amanda’s Tegal Canine
- Rescue Rodeo: Pamela Martin, All Pro Grooming
This year’s fair adopted new grooming contest rules from GroomTeam USA with the organization’s Sanctioned Classes for competitions in the Open Division: Wire Coat Handstripped, Other Purebred Scissoring, Sporting Spaniels and Setters, Poodles.
Natalia Shortlidge won WPA’s #APFC17Dreamer social media contest and received a $400 scholarship for use on education sessions at the fair. Shortlidge was nominated by Bark Avenue in Deland, Fla. and selected for her enthusiasm and dedication in starting her grooming career as a bather and working hard to become a full-time groomer.