So, this is happening today. I always mean to go every year and forget about it until the day before, when it's too late to make arrangements!
I might be okay with missing it this year, though. Peanut (on the left) genuinely disturbs me. I think we have an all-time champeeeen. Spoilered because he's seriously terrifying and looking at him may
scare your soul out of your body.
Quasimodo, on the other hand, is delightfully unusual.
The Ugly Dog Contest has been discussed here before and some concerns were raised, so let me head them off at the pass by saying the following: all dogs are examined by a vet prior to entry to ensure they are in good health and not "ugly" as the result of abuse, neglect, or untreated illness. The majority of the dogs on display are rescued dogs who faced difficulty being adopted because of their unusual looks. The event is very adopt-focused, and last time I went there was a rescue group with several adoptable dogs on hand to educate and entertain the public before the contest start. There is a grand prize, with which the winner is free to do as they please, which in most instances is donated immediately to an animal charity.
Here is a link to all the entrants (and yes, you can vote!): http://www.sonoma-marinfair.org/ugly-dog-gallery
oh and I would be remiss without a shout-out to my all-time ugly dog champ, 2009 winner Pabst!!! I got to meet him in person (in dog?) and was starstruck. He is a cool dude- he may have a Ron Swanson-esque expression but he is all charm and wags.