Welcome to the Midwest JRT Club Summer Celebration Trials

The Midwest JRT Club's Summer Celebration Trials are Jack Russell Terrier Trials approved and sanctioned by the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.

Summer Celebration 2019

The Summer Celebration opening ceremony is 8:00 a.m., Saturday, August 19th, 2019, at the racing site.  Our infamous pre-trial social event, The Hometown Proud Pot-luck, will be at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening, August 16th, under the main fairgrounds pavilion.  A special feature this year will be a Diaper Exhibition Class for three month old puppies. 

A 2019 Canine Extravaganza

Summer Celebration offers more than a JRTCA Sanctioned Trial.  Yes, at its core are the traditional Jack Russell Terrier events; Racing, Go-to-Ground and Conformation.  Summer Celebration offers more, for 2019 a two day High Point/Versatility awards are offered for JRTs and Earthdogs.  Check classes 366, 367, 368, and 369 for details.  Summer Celebration celebrates what our canine companions are, were and should be.  Hosting a plethora of alternate unsanctioned events (check our Earthdog and miscellaneous class listings), there is sure to be at least one event that will awaken the beast within.  Most unsanctioned events are open to all breeds, especially the earth dog breeds.  Summer Celebration classifies canine competitors into three broad categories; Jack Russell Terriers, Colored Terriers (Earthdog) and Miscellaneous (all other breeds). As a rule of thumb, any dog 15 inches and less tall, should be eligible to compete in an unsanctioned event. 

An International Trial

Held on the spacious and historic Sandwich Fairgrounds in Sandwich, Illinois, this century old tree shaded site has much to offer; RV accommodations, an on-site ATM, covered spaces to avoid the sun or inclement weather and more.   Summer Celebration draws competitors from all across the United States and when the Canadians arrive, well, we just have to consider it an international event. 

A JRTCA Sanctioned Trial

Sanctioned by The Jack Russell Terrier Club of America.  Exhibitors and owners of Jack Russell Terriers entered in sanctioned classes must be current members of the JRTCA.  The JRTCA requires exhibitors entered in sanctioned classes to present a copy of their current JRTCA membership cards with their entry forms or at the time trial packets are picked up at the registration table.  You may join the JRTCA on the day of the trial prior to your classes starting by completing a membership application and paying the applicable fee.  Trial entries must be received and paid no later than August 9th to avoid Post-Entry or Day of Show fees. Trials are and will be held rain or shine.

Four strict rules you should be aware of that we don't apologize for are;  a) absolutely no puppies less than three months actual age are permitted within the geographical boundary of the Sandwich Fairgrounds, b) bitches in heat are similarly barred from the grounds, c) puppies (dogs less than one year old) may not be bought, sold, bartered or otherwise traded, on the grounds and d) Racing entries close August 9th, without exception.  The only racing entry changes permitted after August 9th is to scratch the entry.  All unpaid racing entries after August 9th are considered as scratched.


Camping: The Sandwich Fairgrounds offers a RV park with water, 30/50 amp electric hookups, and an adjacent dump station, in the northeast corner of the grounds.  Numerous alternate locations are available on the grounds that can provide water and 30 amp electrical access.  Rough camping spaces are abundant. RV camping is $90.00 for the trial weekend (Thursday evening through Monday morning) or $45.00 per night. By default, all RV camping assignments will be to the RV Park unless otherwise requested.  Please pay for your camp site space on your Trial Vault entry and let us know what your specific camping needs are with the camper registration form, (listed under Extras), on this page.  Rough (tent/truck/vehicle) camp sites are $25.00 per night (includes 20amp electric and water access). Showers and washrooms are available 24/7 on the grounds.  To insure preferred camp site consideration, camping forms must be received by August 11th.  Remember, rink-side camping is not an option. Privately owned vehicles remaining on-site after hours are considered as camping and should be registered.

Hotels: Listed in order of distance from the trial grounds;

Raffle/Silent Auction

Raffle and silent hunt auctions are scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Bid on an opportunity to get into the field with a working judge. Contribute something for the raffle and you will be rewarded with 10 raffle tickets.  It is important to remember that raffle pulls are made at the scheduled time, you do not need to be present, please make your raffle selections before the posted pull time.


Friday Night Social: Our Friday evening social begins at 6:00 p.m.  Club member, Debbie Izzo, coordinates the potluck, themed "Hometown Proud".  Please contribute a dish that identifies you with your home and makes a positive statement about it.  Use the link listed under Extras on this page to contact Debbie and let her know about your participation.  

Saturday Night Pizza Party:  The Midwest JRT Club hosts a "no-fee" pizza party beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Bring your beverage of choice, a desert to pass, relax, and unwind with your terrier friends.  Summer Celebration T-shirt sales provides the funding for this event.

Food Truck: For your convenience, one or more food vendors will be available, on site, daily until 4 p.m.

Local Eateries:  Sandwich hosts a number of casual dining restaurants and fast food establishments, all are located within minutes of the trial grounds.

Golf Carts

Players Golf Cars of Rockford, IL, (815) 874-8787, has again agreed to support our trial with golf carts.  Players Golf Cars enters into a personal agreement with you.  The Midwest JRT Club coordinates the delivery and return of your rental golf cart.  Use the link, listed under Extras, on this page for additional information.    Deadline to reserve a golf cart is 5:00 pm CST,  August 2nd, 2019.


Vendors are always welcome.  Do you have a product or service you would like to offer? All we ask is that you donate an item to our Saturday raffle. Please coordinate with the Trial Committee for booth space.


Summer Celebration ball caps & t-shirts, club coffee cups, club pins and belt buckles, etc. will be available or may be ordered via Trial Vault. All proceeds from T-shirt sales goes to fund the Saturday night Pizza Party.