Happy news about animals
On the prowl for a purr-fect weekend outing? Head over to the Springfield Exposition Center Saturday and Sunday for the ultimate cat’s meow.
Courtesy of the Lakes Country Cat Fanciers organization, it’s the 12th annual Cat Show. Whether you’re a cat fancier, breeder or owner, this is most definitely the place to be, says Gail Rothman, Lakes Country breeder and show entry clerk.
“We’ve got a very large variety of breeds coming to the show this year,” she says. “In addition to the usual Persians, Maincoons and Siamese, if you please — there will also be a Ragamuffin this year, plus Himalayans, Chartreux, Scottish Fold, Oriental Short Hair, Selkirk, Abyssinians, Cornish Rex, Burmese, Manx, exotics and many others.”
The show, sanctioned by the Cat Fanciers Association, features 225 cats from around the country representing more than 30 breeds competing for top feline honors, says Larry Adkins, a CFA judge who resides in Springfield and has judged shows throughout the United States, Asia, South America and Europe.
“Anybody that has an interest in purebred cats and anybody interested in cats at any level will enjoy this show,” says Adkins.
In addition to the regular competition, awards recognize the top-scoring Himalayan in all three classes — in the honor of former show manager Earl Rothman, who died last August and whose cats took first, second and third CFA Midwest Region Himalayan breed honors in 2006.
While cats take the main stage, show guests can browse at vendor booths featuring supplies and accessories, cat furniture and more. In between showings, breeders share information about specific breeds, and some have cats and kittens available for purchase.