With a fur of flashy colors, it’s no wonder a 3-year-old terrier mix named Yoda walked away with the coat of many colors category in Graham on Saturday.
Ashley Jacques, 11, applied colored hair spray to brighten up her dog with bands of orange, blue, pink and purple at the Most Magnificent Mutt Show.
“Last year, we won ugliest dog,” said Ashley, a Graham sixth-grader. “It’s good to win something different this year.
About 30 dogs and nearly 100 people turned out for the annual canine competition in the dog barn at Frontier Park in Graham.
The Daffodil Festival’s Royal Court judged 15 categories, from softest ears to most expressive eyes.
Princess Kasey Temple announced this year’s winner in the ugliest dog category as Remi, “even though they’re all so cute.”
Kyah Small, 7, of Milton, was happy her dog — a white French bulldog-miniature pit bull — won.
“His personality makes him cute,’ said Carrie Small, Kyah’s mom.
The mutt show is a tradition on the Daffodil Festival’s annual calendar of events, and it’s sponsored by the Pierce County Fair. The number of dogs this year dropped from the usual 50, said Betty Backstrom, Pierce County Fair manager. She attributed the decline to Saturday morning’s heavy rains.
Graham resident David Nash said the show provides a “good socialization event for the dogs.”
“They get to be around other dogs,” he said.
The event pulls the community together, Nash said.
That bond was evident when the competition took a break. At 10:37 a.m., Princess Kayla McElligott took to the microphone and led a moment of silence for the victims of the Oso mudslide in Snohomish County. Gov. Jay Inslee asked Washingtonians to remember the victims in silence one week after the slide hit.
After the pause, children once again displayed their dogs to the princesses.
Five-year-old Lindsay Gade of Tacoma and her dog, Toby, won the category of best barnyard-themed costume. The Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix was draped in a cow costume. Lindsey wore a barnyard cutout she and her parents created.
Myles Singleton’s basset hound, Finn, didn’t win softest ears or best tail-waggin’ dog. But Myles, 11, said he had fun.
“I like getting to meet other dogs and all the different dogs, and identify them,” said Myles, Carrie Small’s son. “I know my dog, Finn, likes it too.”
The magnificent mutt came last. The princesses huddled around Daffodil Queen Marissa Modestowicz and raised their arms in a show of votes.
Modestowicz announced Caba, a 4-month-old German shepherd, as this year’s most magnificent mutt.
Eight-year-old Karisma Bolen of Eatonville stood next to her 3-foot-tall trophy for the honor. The winners also received an award ribbon, a sack of dog food, a collar and a leash.
“I’m excited,” said Karisma, a second-grader. “She is really good when she goes somewhere, and she doesn’t bark when she’s in the car.”
Modestowicz said the court members agreed that Caba was “very friendly and was very, very soft.”
“But all the other dogs were wonderful too,” the queen said.