This year’s Coconut Classic, organized by Julie Jenkins and Fun Fur Flyball, will be held June 23-24 at the Greensboro Sportsplex in Greensboro, North Carolina. The event is being sponsored by the City of Greensboro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Coconut Classic is the first Flyball event that 1TDC™ ever attended, and it’s one we look forward to every year!
This two-day unlimited tournament will see 43 teams (14 Regular, 7 Multi-breed, 21 Open, and 1 Veteran) competing in two rings with 63+ feet of runback. Over the course of two days, there will be a total of 190 races (110 on Saturday and 80 on Sunday).
On Friday, before the tournament starts, mat time will be available to participants beginning at 4 p.m. If time permits, mat time may also be made available to participants on Saturday night.
Each dog (and human) participating in this year’s tournament will receive a welcome bag filled with goodies, including chews, stuffed toys, balls, and more. Additionally, all teams (7 per team) will receive a placement prize.
For those unfamiliar with the Coconut Classic, this is not your average K9 sports event. In addition to the flyball tournament, the Coconut Classic features a costume contest, team spirit competition, and more. The following is a list of awards that will be given out during this year’s event:
- King and Queen of the Nut– These awards will be given out to tournament participants who dress up in unique costumes and demonstrate an attitude of “royal benevolence.”
- Lynn Hull Team Spirit Award– This award, which was introduced in honor of teammate Lynn Hull, will go the club that creates a fun theme through decorations, costumes, and activities. As a bonus, the club that wins will receive a free team entry to the 2019 Coconut Classic.
- Susie Ellis Sportsmanship Award– This award will be presented to a competitor who consistently displays good sportsmanship and goes above and beyond to help others.
- Dream Team– At the end of the weekend, the panel will be selecting six dogs, a boxloader, and a coach for the Coconut Classic Dream Team.
Though the registration date has since passed, spectators are welcome to attend. 1TDC™ will have a booth set up, and a number of other vendors will be present as well: Fur-Fetched Photography, Earth Muffin Studio, Pampered Paws Pet Massage, AristoPets, All Pets Considered, Dr. Krista Hilliard, Elea Warf, and Getty Gear. A concession stand will also be open for those who want to grab a bite while they watch the competition.
1TDC™ is looking forward to the Coconut Classic, and we hope to see you there!