Intergroom, which took place in April at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, continued the Barkleigh trend of double digit growth for the 2018 year. This year’s show attracted 2,841 groomers for a 14.9 percent attendance increase over last year making it the third largest grooming show in the world behind Barkleigh Production’s Groom Expo and Groom Expo West. The show also featured more than 100 vendor booths.
Some of the highlights of the show were honoring Christine DeFilippo, the creator and previous owner of Intergroom, at the very popular lip sync contest that she created. It was a heartfelt goodbye as the group transitioned the ownership of Intergroom from DeFilippo to World Dog Entertainment.
This year’s GroomTeam USA Sanction winners are Jackie Boulton, Joshua Morales and Angela Menard. Lindsey Dicken won Best In Show and American Best All Around at Intergroom. Nadia Bongelli took home the International Best All Around award and Cindy Oliver dominated the Creative Grooming Competition, taking home the first-place trophy.
Groom Expo West, which took place in Pasadena, California, at the Pasadena Convention Center this past February had an attendance increase of 10.3 percent over last year with 4,707 total attendees, making it the second largest grooming show in the world next to Barkleigh Production’s Groom Expo in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Northwest Grooming Show that took place in Tacoma, Washington, in April at the Hotel Murano followed in the same footsteps with a 10.5 percent attendance increase with 1,188 groomers attending.
Barkleigh and World Dog Entertainment announced that next year’s dates are set for Intergroom: April 11-14 at the Meadowlands Expo Center.