MAPAH Eligibility and Guide


1.) Contestants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of the contest

2.) Contestants must reside within in the following geographical area: Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia, or the District of Columbia

3.) MAKK requires no fee to enter the Mid-Atlantic Puppy and Handler Contest however it is required to submit a basket to the silent auction for entry.

4.) Sponsorship is optional. Members of the Mid-Atlantic Kennel Korps must enter the contest either independently or with outside sponsorship. MAKK cannot sponsor anyone in this contest. Sponsorship may be sought out to mitigate travel expenses, coordinate donation baskets, or any other contributions to support the contestant through the weekend

The Mid-Atlantic Puppy & Handler Contest will consist of the following categories:

Interview (60 points): Each contestant will be individually interviewed by the panel of judges in a private setting. Questions will be determined by the judges and may cover a wide array of topics, ranging from community experience to personal background. This category is not open to the public.

Presentation (30 points): This category commences at the beginning of the Meet & Greet on Friday when contestants and judges are introduced and continues until the beginning of the on-stage categories on Saturday. During that time, contestants are observed for how they carry themselves and interact at different events throughout the weekend.

Pop Question/Hotwear (20 points): The first of the on-stage categories. This section of the contest tests the contestants ability to think on their feet as the judges get to ask the contestant randomized questions. Attire and gear worn (or not worn) is entirely the choice of each contestant, but should exhibit what makes them feel “hot”.

Speech/Formal (25 points): Contestants should appear on stage in the formal attire that represents best who they are. Each contestant will be required to present a speech of no longer than 90 seconds.  Speeches exceeding the 90 second time limit will result in a 10% deduction from the score.

Mosh / Interactive (15 points): All contestants, puppy and handler, will participate in a mosh open to all weekend participants. Judges will have the opportunity to see how each contestant interacts with others in a pup-friendly and pup-oriented setting. Contestants are expected to interact and engage in a manner that best suits their individual energy and style.

Contestants will be scored for each of the above categories, with each score contributing toward their total points of a possible 150 points available per judge. In the event there is only one contestant for either title (e.g. one Puppy contestant or one Handler contestant) a minimum score of 75% of the total available points must be awarded to receive the title.

The dates of the 2016 contest are October 14-15, 2016. It will be held in Washington DC, at the DC Eagle (3701 Benning Road, NE, Washington DC 20019). An exact schedule of the weekend events will be published as soon as it becomes available.

Contestant applications, biographies, and photographs must be submitted no later than 10/9/2016.
All contestants must present a basket to enter into a silent auction held to raise money for travel funds.

Contestants must plan to arrive at the DC Eagle on Friday 10/14/16 by 7pm. Contestants and production staff will meet with prior to interviews events to discuss what’s happening and what’s expected of the contestants. Contact information for MA-PAH production staff will be provided to all contestants.
Contestants must bring proof of ID and age, to be presented to contest staff at the opening meeting.

Fraternization between contestants and judges is expressly prohibited. Contestants and judges shall refrain from meeting privately and/or engaging in any play, sexual or otherwise – until the conclusion of the contest. To avoid confusion and prevent accidental incidents, contestants and judges are expected to wear their badges at all times throughout the weekend. Failure to comply with this rule will result in automatic disqualification of the contestant and the judge.

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