The ‘world’s ugliest dog contest’ returns to the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma on Friday

For three decades, the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma has celebrated adorable, yet ugly puppies in the beloved “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.”

After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, the contest returns to the fair on Friday, with several dogs so ugly they’re adorable competing for the sought-after title.

The event, which is included in the price of admission, begins at 3 p.m. with a Pet Fest on the fair’s Kiwanis stage lawn, where the public can get a glimpse of the competitors and information on care and treatment. adoption of animals. From there, the dogs take part in a red carpet walk at 5:30 p.m. and judging begins at 6 p.m.

Ugly Dog will walk away with the grand prize of $1,500. The contest also features a special “Spirit Award” which will be based in part on the dog’s life story, and the “People’s Choice” award, selected by the public on the fair’s website.

The last winner of the contest was Scamp the Tramp, a little pooch with dreadlocks owned by a woman from Santa Rosa, who took home the top prize in 2019. See past winners here.

The Sonoma-Marin Fair runs through June 26 at 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. Noon to 11 p.m. daily. Tickets cost between $14 and $20. For more information, visit

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