Welcome to Summer Celebration

The Midwest JRT Club's Summer Celebration Trials are Jack Russell Terrier Trials approved and sanctioned by the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.

A Better Canine Extravaganza for 2017

Summer Celebration is more than a JRTCA Sanctioned Trial.  Yes, at its core are the traditional Jack Russell Terrier events; Racing, Go-to-Ground and Conformation.  Summer Celebration is more, for 2017 the Earthdog/Colored Terrier recognition is expanded to award  placements up to reserve and champion.  Summer Celebration celebrates what our canine companions are, were and should be.  Hosting a plethora of alternate unsanctioned events (check our Earthdog and miscellaneous class listings), there is sure to be at least one event that will awaken the beast within.  Most unsanctioned events are open to all breeds, especially the earth dog breeds.  Summer Celebration classifies canine competitors into three broad categories; Jack Russell Terriers, Colored Terriers (Earthdog) and Miscellaneous (all other breeds). As a rule of thumb, any dog 15 inches and less tall, should be eligible to compete in an unsanctioned event. 

An International Trial

Held on the spacious and historic Sandwich Fairgrounds in Sandwich, Illinois, this tree shaded site has much to offer; RV accommodations, an on-site ATM, covered spaces to avoid the sun or inclement weather and more.   Summer Celebration draws competitors from all across the United States and when the Canadians arrive, well, we just have to consider it an international event. 

A JRTCA Sanctioned Trial

Sanctioned by The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.  Exhibitors and owners of Jack Russell Terriers entered in sanctioned classes must be current members of the JRTCA.  The JRTCA requires exhibitors entered in sanctioned classes to include a copy of their current JRTCA membership cards with their entry forms or present their current cards at the time trial packets are picked up at the registration table.  You may join the JRTCA on the day of the trial prior to your classes starting by completing a membership application and paying the applicable fee.  Trial entries must be received and paid no later than August 12th to avoid Post-Entry or Day of Show fees. Trials are and will be held rain or shine.

Four strict rules you should be aware of and that we don't apologize for are;  a) absolutely no puppies less than three months actual age are permitted within the geographical boundary of the trial site, b) bitches in heat are similarly barred from the grounds, c) puppies (dogs less than one year old) may not be bought, sold, bartered or otherwise traded, on the grounds and d) Racing entries close on August 12th, without exception.  The only racing entry changes permitted after August 12th is to scratch the entry.  All unpaid racing entries will be scratched after August 12th.

Lodging

Camping: The Sandwich Fairgrounds offers a 200 slot RV park with water and electric hookups and an adjacent dump station, in the northeast corner of the grounds.  Numerous alternate locations are available on the grounds that can provide water and 20/30/50/60 amp electrical access.  Rough camping (no hookup) spaces are abundant. RV camping is $75 for the trial weekend (Thursday evening through Monday morning) or $37.50 per night. By default, all RV assignments are to the RV Park unless otherwise requested.  Please pay for your camp site space on your trial vault entry and let us know what your specific camping needs are with the camping reservation form, (left and up), on this page.  Tent/Dry camping (no hookups), please check with the trial committee for availability and costs. Showers and washrooms are available 24/7 on the grounds.  To insure preferred camp site consideration, camping forms must be received by August 12th.

Hotels: Listed in order of distance from the trial grounds;

Entertainment

Our Rat Roulette Wheel will be available and conveniently located near an ATM Saturday evening to serve your gaming needs.

Raffle/Silent Auction

A raffle and two silent hunt auctions are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Bid on an opportunity to get into the field with a working judge. Contribute something for the raffle and you will be rewarded with 10 raffle tickets.

Dining

Friday Night Social: Our Friday evening social, will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Club member, Debbie Izzo, will be coordinating the event, themed "Hometown Proud Potluck".  Please contribute a dish that identifies you with your home and makes a positive statement about it.  Use the link located upper left of this page to contact Debbie and let her know about your participation.  

Saturday Night Pizza Party:  The Midwest JRT Club will host/sponsor a "no-fee" pizza party beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Bring your beverage of choice, relax, and enjoy gaming at the Rat Roulette table.

Food Truck: For your convenience, two food trucks will be available, near to the registration office, daily until 4 p.m.

Local Eateries:  Sandwich hosts a number of casual dining restaurants and fast food establishments, all are located within minutes of the trial grounds.

Golf Carts

Players Golf Cars of Rockford, IL, has again agreed to support our trial with golf carts.  They will enter into a personal agreement with you.  Use the link near the top of this page for more information.    Deadline to reserve a golf cart is July 31st 2017.

Vendors

Vendors are welcome.  Do you have a dog related product or service? All we ask is that you donate an item to our Saturday raffle. Please coordinate with the Trial Committee for booth space.

Merchandise

A limited supply of Summer Celebration ball caps, club coffee cups, club pins, anniversary t-shirts and anniversary mugs may be reserved in Trial Vault.