Traditional Canine King and Queen contest in St. Paul going virtual

Doggie Depot, the annual dog-centered event at Union Depot in St. Paul, has gone virtual this year to ensure the health and safety of everyone during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The traditional Canine King and Queen contest is still set to commence, electing two dogs to earn their spot in the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family. Dog owners will be able to submit photos of their dogs from Dec. 28 until Jan. 10 on the Union Depot Facebook page. Submissions will be narrowed down to 15 queen and king finalists each, selected at random.

Voting for the 30 finalists will be open Jan. 14-19 on the Union Depot Facebook page and winners will be announced on Jan. 21. Fans will be able to view the crowning on Feb. 6 online or on Union Depot social media channels.

The Winter Carnival Royal Family will also be present including King Boreas, Darrin Johnson, and Queen of Snow, Kristin Knutson.

"We’re thrilled to be able to keep this tradition alive through a virtual format and excited to see all the entries," said Lindsay Boyd, Marketing Manager at Union Depot.

To learn more about this upcoming event, click here.