Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Seaway Splash Event to Return to Clayton NY - Dog Jumping Competition

Clayton, New York (February 18, 2015) – Michael J. Folsom, organizer of the popular Clayton summer festival known as Sailing SeawayClayton/Seaway Splash, along with the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, has announced the return of Seaway Splash, the dog jumping competition segment of the festival, which debuted at Frink Park in 2012. The event will take place June 12-14, 2015. "It is with great pleasure that I can say we will continue with an event for 2015 after receiving numerous requests to do so and thanks to support of the Clayton Chamber,” Folsom said. “Seaway Splash has been a highlight of the summer in downtown Clayton over the past three years and I am excited to have the opportunity to personally reach the five-year mark of organizing this June event for our community.”

Over the past three years, Seaway Splash has seen dogs from across the state, as well as Vermont, New Hampshire, Ontario and Quebec take part in the competition, which had been run by DockDogs. In 2015, Seaway Splash will become an event operated by Ultimate Air Dogs, which was founded in 2005 by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox, who was a World Series Champion in 1984.

“The event quality and concept will remain the same, while participation costs will be lower in an effort to encourage more locals and non-competitors to try their dogs at the sport of dock diving. It is sure to be just as fun and entertaining. “

Ultimate Air Dogs is widely known and has been featured on The Late Show with David Letterman. The competition will feature categories similar to those held in Clayton in the past.

“We have been extremely pleased with the level of enthusiasm from event sponsors, participants and spectators over the past 3 years. The Clayton Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to bringing this family friendly event back to Clayton again this year,” Clayton Chamber President Chris Bogenschutz added.

Seaway Splash made its biggest ‘splash’ during the inaugural event in 2012 when Taz, a then 5-year old black Labrador, leaped 31-feet during the DockDogs Big Air competition. That jump set a new world record for the sport and landed the event and Clayton in the Guinness Book of World Records. Since its inception, Sailing Seaway Clayton/Seaway Splash has attracted more than 20,000 visitors. 

Event registration information will be announced at a later date.