Ugly Dog Contest is March 11 at Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 17th annual Ugly Dog Show once again includes contests for the ugliest dog, cutest dog, best trick, dog that most looks like its owner, the best costume and much more. It takes place Sunday, March 11, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Registration/check-in is 10 -11 a.m. The show begins at 11:15 a.m.

Presented by the Del Mar Kiwanis Club and the San Diego Coastal Chamber of Commerce, the contest is open to the public, and over 400 dogs are expected to bring their adult and child owners from all over San Diego County, and compete for valuable prizes.

In addition to the contests, there will be lots of fun for everyone in the family. Stop by the face painting table for some festive spirit.

All proceeds from the event will benefit local San Diego County nonprofit organizations: Rancho Coastal Humane Society Safehouse Program, which provides shelter for pets of domestic violence survivors; Helen Woodward Therapeutic Riding Program, which offers the fun and benefits of horse riding to people with disabilities and the Kiwanis Club of Del Mar.

Pre-sale tickets are available online at