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    Shirley Zindler, of Sebastopol, Calif, lifts up the jowls of Martha, a Neapolitan mastiff, during the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on Friday, June 23, 2017, in Petaluma, Calif. Martha was the winner of the event. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but ugliness — specifically, the world's ugliest dog — will be determined by a panel of judges at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma next Saturday.

    The 2018 World's Ugliest Dog contest is slated to take place June 23 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, June 20, organizers said; the applications must be received, not just postmarked, by that day.

    The winner of the nearly 30-year-old contest gets $1,500, a trophy and television appearances in New York, according to organizers. The two runners-up also get cash prizes and trophies.

    Last year, Martha, a drooling, droopy 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff, won the hearts of the judges and the crowds in this, the most counterintuitive of contests.

    "We were impressed by a 125-pound dog with 300 pounds of skin. And Martha was the overwhelming crowd favorite," said judge Brian Sobel, a media consultant, at the time.

    Complete instructions for entering the contest can be found on the fair website.

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