Corrigin Dogs in Utes
The major draw card for Corrigin is the annual "Dog in a Ute" event, a very typical Aussie thing. Each year Corrigin and
the rival state of Victoria battle it out to break the world record for how many "dogs in utes" they can parade
through the town. The idea of the event is to raise money for charities and their local community . Each
ute (Australian slang for utility truck) requires a dog to compete.
History of Dogs In Utes
The first "Dog in a Ute" event was held in 1997 at St Arnaud in Victoria where they officially recorded 214 dogs
in utes. The following year the record was broken at the rural town of Terang, also in Victoria, with 325 dogs in
utes. The local Corrigin Apex President, Mr Bob Cooper, having seen how many people the event was attracting to
rural Victorian towns, was instrumental in bringing the event to his local community in Western Australia.
With overwhelming support from the town, the first Corrigin "Dog in a Ute" event was held on the 31st October,
1998. In its first attempt Corrigin smashed the "world record" by attracting 699 dogs in utes. By days end over
3,000 people had poured into the town and they had raised over $20,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. So
began the battle between the two States.
Corrigin has held the current World Record since 2002 with 1,527. As you drive through the district you can spot
old utes placed in unusual locations in fields proudly advertising the event and their feats. A dedicated website
to the "Dog in a Ute" festival gives detailed information about the event.