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Dog Show, 'Cake Boss' Descend on North Branch

The North Branch Cluster is returning after a cancellation in 2011 due to hurricane.

Sometimes there's just not enough days in the week, but every Wednesday we'll give you an idea of something to do to relax, spend time with family and just take some time for yourself.

And after being cancelled in 2011 because of Hurricane Irene, the North Branch Cluster dog shows are back at, and being held Thursday through Sunday.

As part of the show, the Somerset Hills Kennel Club will be holding its 78th all-breed show from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, among sporting, hound and non-sporting group shows, as well as all-breed shows, all throughout the weekend.

“We were extremely disappointed for all the exhibitors and participating clubs not to mention the spectators who had worked and planned for last year’s show," said Lisa Warren, last year’s show chair for SHKC. "We are looking forward to a tremendous comeback this year. This is a very special weekend for those in the dog fancy. A special attraction to this year’s cluster will be The American Kennel Club’s new Beginner Puppy Competition. Puppies from 4 to 6 months will compete for the title of Best Beginner Puppy in Show. It’s sure to be one of the most enjoyable events for spectators.”

But this weekend will not just be about dogs. Mauro Castano, head baker for Carlos Bakery in Hoboken, will be making a personal appearance Saturday afternoon, and cupcakes from the bakery will be on sale all day Saturday and Sunday to benefit "Take the Lead."

The organization provides direct services, support and care for people working with purebred dogs who suffer with life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

During the sale Saturday, Castano will be signing autographs and posing for photos.

There is no charge for parking or admission at the event, and attendees can purchase food and dog products from vendors on site.

For more information, call 601-349-7586.

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