King, queen crowned at Cottonwood County Fair's cat show
The cat show was preceded by the 4-H Pet Show, which included all pets, such as dogs and rabbits too.
WINDOM — The Cottonwood County Fair really went to the dogs this week, but the cats and bunnies definitely got in on the action as well during the 4-H Pet Show and the Household Cat & Kitten Show Wednesday.
Penny Raia served as superintendent of the cat show, with Autumn Hunter as a judge.
The process was simple. Each human brought a cat to the judging table, introduced the feline to Hunter and Raia, and spoke a little bit about the cat’s personality and habits.
Hunter, who has two cats of her own at home and fosters for the local humane society, then inspected the cat, often picking them up or stroking them. Her judging criteria included personality as well as the condition of a cat’s fur and their health, too. She has been judging for four or five years, she said.
Rebekah Johnson, of Windom, brought her male shorthair Ringo to the show. Johnson has had Ringo since he was 3 days old, and had fostered him along with his mother.
“He is a foodie. He loves his food. He’s very talkative,” she said, adding that when Ringo gets annoyed, “he doesn’t hiss, but he meows angry.”
Diana and Rich Meaden of Slayton brought their amiable cat Logan to the competition, and his calm demeanor made it impossible to tell Logan had suffered a bit of car-sickness on the way to the Cottonwood County Fairgrounds.
Unlike the other cats preparing for the show, Logan made his way around the fair on a leash, enjoying the cool breeze despite Wednesday’s heat wave.
“We got him last July,” Diana said, explaining that she and Rich had gotten Logan and his sister Sterling from a shelter in Redwood Falls. Logan climbed up onto Diana’s shoulder immediately, and Sterling had done the same with Rich. “(Logan) wants lots of love and treats.”
“He’s a cool character, he just chills,” Rich said of Logan. “He loves everybody — he’s not so sure about dogs.”
Mareah Carlson, of Windom, brought three of her cats to the show — Alluka, Leo and Satsuki. Satsuki was crowned king of the competition and earned laurels for being best groomed as well, but Alluka and Leo earned ribbons too.
Raia donated beaded crowns and cat-sized capes for King Satsuki and Queen Curls, and while Curls seemed a bit dazed to be named royalty, she didn’t seem to mind the sparkly crown.
Results from the show were as follows:
- Best Cat: Gucci, Dakota Venberg, Windom; second place, Alluka, Mareah Carlson, Windom; third place, Randum, Tyler Dahna, Bingham Lake.
- Best Shorthair: Ringo, Rebekah Johnson, Windom; second place, Logan, Diana Meaden, Slayton.
- Best Longhair: Gucci, Dakota Venberg, Windom; second place, Percy, Zaria Harrington, Windom.
- Best Neuter: Charlie, Danika Gohr, Mountain Lake; second place, Leo, Mareah Carlson, Windom.
- Best Spay: Kiki, Tristyn Maras, Windom; second place, Gus, Tyler Maras, Windom.
- Oldest: Percy, Dakota Venberg, Windom.
- Most Unusual: Gus, Tyler Maras, Windom.
- Best Groomed: Satsuki, Mareah Carlson, Windom.
- Best Kitten: Boots, Tristyn Maras, Windom; second place, Ash, Tyler Maras, Windom; third place, Fluffy, Oliver Grunewald, Windom; fourth place, Blackberry, Kelly Nickel, Mountain Lake.
- King: Satsuki, Mareah Carlson, Windom.
- Queen: Curls, Abagail Nickel, Mountain Lake.
The pet show
The 4-H Pet Show featured a wide variety of pets, including cats and dogs but also bunnies.
Chloe Snyder, 11, of Windom, brought her Jersey Wooly rabbit, Snuggles, to the contest. Snuggles is a 3-year-old long-haired rabbit who weighs about 2 pounds. Normally, Snyder said, he eats Nutrisource, which helps with his digestion and his dental health, but his favorite food is leftover carrots.
Snuggles, with his soft, dark fur, earned a blue ribbon for himself and his human.
Snyder also brought her Great Pyrenees Bernese mountain dog Daisy to the show.
“She just loves people,” Snyder said, pointing out that due to her thick coat, suitable in snowy weather, Daisy loves the cold and hates heat. She also doesn’t like birds and once caught a sparrow in midair.
Snyder is a fourth-generation member of the Springfield Sparklers 4-H Club.
Samantha Branch, 10, of Windom, brought five cats to the 4-H Pet Show this year, plus her dog Caroline and projects including a painting and a pillowcase.