KINGSPORT – The Doberman Pinscher Club of America held its 95th annual National Show and Convention this past week at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center.

Hundreds of dog lovers from across the country came to Kingsport for the week-long competition that saw dozens of Dobermans face off in obedience, agility and confirmation events. The event also featured 24 vendors selling a wide variety of dog-related food, clothing, toys and merchandise.

The convention began on Oct. 9 and concludes today. The club was contracted for 1,370 guest nights at the hotel during the past week and with an attendance of 450 to 500 people, Visit Kingsport estimates the show will have an economic impact of more than $800,000.

Lara Potter, associate executive director of Visit Kingsport, said this is the first time Kingsport, MeadowView Marriott and additional hotels have served as the host location for a dog show of this size. Potter said this week’s event will hopefully lead to Kingsport hosting similar events with other dog breeds in the future.

“I walked through the parking lot ... looking at license plates realizing this dog show allows us to welcome more than 500 people from all over the country to our city, of which most have never been here before,” Potter said. “Each of these guests get out and experience (dining, shopping, exploring) Kingsport, resulting in substantial economic impact. This is how we tell our story with hopes they will return for future visits.”