|The Beautiful Bulldog Contest, a Drake Relays tradition having finished its 34th year, was the first of its kind in the nation and continues to be a model for imitators from several states.
Congratulations to the 2013 Beautiful Bulldog, Huckleberry. He and his parents, Steven and Stephanie Hein, live in Norwalk, Iowa.
In its three decades of existence, the contest has changed little. The titles — Beautiful Bulldog, Miss and Mr. Congeniality, Best Dressed, Farthest from the Dog House, Youngest and Oldest— and winner’s duties have remained constant. The past few years, though, have seen so many entries that last year’s contestants were selected by lottery from a pool of more than 100 Beautiful Bulldog hopefuls.