About 200 pedigrees participated in the American Kennel Club’s dog show Sunday afternoon at the Fieldhouse. With their trainers by their side, dogs both small and big jumped over hurdles, showcasing their skills and agility. Fieldhouse CEO Mick Amicone, says events like Sunday’s not only bring fun events for the community to attend, but a much needed boom for the area’s economy.
"We’ve been blessed to have about eight events this year alone like this and from our estimation, it’s generating a significant amount of money to return back to the Zanesville-Muskingum County community," Amicone explained. "Hotel lodging, motel lodging, it’s about $192,000, eateries, restaurants, entertainment, it’s a bout $144,000 from what we’ve been experiencing with these participants."
Amicone also estimates that each time the Fieldhouse hosts a large event, anywhere from $17,000-18,000 is spent on lodging.
"So aside from the good fun, free admission, great opportunity, it helps us fund all of our programming, keep programming and especially it’s a major fundraiser for our foundation, for which non of our special needs children pay anything, so it’s a big boom to help those kids."
Amicone says local artists and pottery shops also benefit from the tourism.