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Groom Expo Events

Best In Show Awards

Saturday Evening

First, it’s an elegant dinner and overall a grand occasion with some of the finest cuisine that the Hershey Lodge chefs can offer.

After dinner, the GroomOlympics Best in Show awards will take center stage. The Wahl big bucks will be given away as 5 groomers, from the five classes who competed on Friday and Saturday, strut their stuff. The winners will be chosen by the judging panel, and one GroomOlympics World Champion will be crowned.

2016 Best In Show Winner

AKC Certified Salon

Friday - Sunday during Trade Show hours down the Cocoa Lobby
Sponsored by the American Kennel Club

Join the American Kennel Club at Groom Expo for a one-of-a-kind grooming salon experience. See Spot’s AKC S.A.F.E. Salon will enable fellow groomers and other show attendees to see, touch and discuss the inner workings of a modern, safety-first pet styling salon. Interactive displays will give participants the opportunity to interface with uniformed stylists and learn how to implement safety protocols into any salon setting.

Spot’s AKC S.A.F.E. Certified Groomers will showcase facility design, equipment and handling while live dog grooming happens over the course of the show. Tips and tricks on safe grooming protocols will be highlighted along with interesting pet facts. You can also find out more about the AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming program, which includes the Safety in the Salon course.

Discover innovative ideas and practices that you can apply to your grooming business by visiting the AKC S.A.F.E. Salon at Groom Expo!

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Friday Night Glow Party

Friday 9pm

Complimentary Glowsticks!
Wear white or neon colors!

Abstract Creative Runway

Saturday Evening
Sponsored by E-Z Groom

Following the Best in Show awards at Groom Expo, groomers will have the opportunity to showcase the beauty in simplicity by entering Saturday evening’s abstract runway competition. Taking place between Saturday’s dinner and the Barkleigh Honors Awards, the competition features beautifully sculpted, simple abstract designs that use minimal color, if any. These designs should be doable in one day and be appropriate for a client’s dog or cat. Without any elaborate scenery or costumes, contestants will rely on their designs and complementary stylist’s attire as they compete for prizes of $1000, $500, and $250.

E-Z Abstract Creative Runway 2016 sponsor

Saturday Night - Aztec Room


  • Contribution to the Industry
  • Congeniality Award
  • Groomer of the Year
  • Up and Coming
    Groomer of the Year
  • Creative Groomer of the Year
  • Grooming Judge of the Year
  • Blog of the Year
  • Video of the Year
  • Groomer Website or
    Facebook Page of the Year
  • Speaker of the Year
  • Book of the Year
  • Up and Coming
    Speaker of the Year
  • Writer of the Year
  • Humanitarian of the Year
  • New Product of the Year
  • Vendor of the Year
  • Lifetime Achievement Award

Gospel Concert & Breakfast

Sunday Morning 8 - 10am

Join us and your peers Sunday morning for a fabulous breakfast featuring worship by Reneé Rowan Basel.

Gospel concert and breakfast is included with the VIP and deluxe packages. It can be purchased separately.

Sunday Morning Devotions

Sunday 7:00am

Are you an early riser? Looking for a quiet time to join others in prayer on Sunday? Join Don and Barb Kassebaum for Sunday morning devotions at 7am. Devotions will last for approximately one hour.

Playnight at the Puppy Playground

Friday Evening 7:00pm

More than 80,000 dogs have participated on the Playground. The systems that have evolved are focused on safety and promote owner responsibility. We invite you to come see what we do. Learn why we do it, and how you can too!

Puppy Playground