Twenty-three years ago, in 1997, Marcella Troth of Prescott first got involved with the Dog Show at the Linn County Fair when her son, David, joined 4-H and began showing dogs.
Over the years, her knowledge about the show and what needed to go into it grew and so did her desire to make it better and better.
“I grew up showing dogs in 4-H, so when David turned 7 and he joined 4-H, it was natural for him to do the Dog Show,” she explained.
Her mother raised Corgis, and eventually that became a part of the 4-H Dog Show as well with her mother donating a pup each year, before she passed, to the winner of an essay contest designed for those who participate in the Dog Show.
“When David and I first started, all they did was obedience, and as David grew and began doing other spring shows with dogs, we learned agility and I worked to get that incorporated into the Dog Show at fair,” said Marcella.
It finally happened during David’s senior year in high school, his last year to show at fair.
“I got them to buy a small amount of agility equipment, and we added to it from there,” she stated.
Marcella was also instrumental in getting the Rally-O (short for Rally-Obedience) introduced at the fair as well.
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