We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

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.

Abagail Nickel, of Mountain Lake, holds Curls shortly after the kitten was crowned queen of the Household Cat & Kitten Show on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the Jesse Oleson Pavilion during the Cottonwood County Fair.
Abagail Nickel, of Mountain Lake, holds Curls shortly after the kitten was crowned queen of the Household Cat & Kitten Show on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the Jesse Oleson Pavilion during the Cottonwood County Fair.
Kari Lucin / The Globe
We are part of The Trust Project.

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.

MORE EDUCATION NEWS
CHANDLER — The Monogram Foods Loves Kids Foundation, the charitable fund of Monogram Foods, announced that 11 local organizations will receive a 2022 grant. A committee of team members from Monogram Foods in Chandler divided $60,000 among the charitable organizations. The initiatives funded by each grant are as follows:
“And we are not asking the state to spend the budget surplus on us. What we are asking the state to do is to make bold strategic investments in us so that we can help the state grow with surplus even more."
“... there’s no question that if we can chip away at this (child care) issue, it will help ease the burden of the workforce shortage.”

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

“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.”

Oliver Grunewald shows his kitten to judge Autumn Hunter during the Household Cat & Kitten Show on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, during the Cottonwood County Fair.
Oliver Grunewald shows his kitten to judge Autumn Hunter during the Household Cat & Kitten Show on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, during the Cottonwood County Fair.
Kari Lucin / The Globe

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, left, gets some help crowning King Satsuki from judge Autumn Hunter, as Abagail Nickel, of Mountain Lake, holds Queen Curls at right. The cats were crowned during the Household Cat & Kitten Show on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, during the Cottonwood County Fair.
Mareah Carlson, of Windom, left, gets some help crowning King Satsuki from judge Autumn Hunter, as Abagail Nickel, of Mountain Lake, holds Queen Curls at right. The cats were crowned during the Household Cat & Kitten Show on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, during the Cottonwood County Fair.
Kari Lucin / The Globe

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:

ADVERTISEMENT

  • 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

MORE EVENTS
The forum is open to the public.
The movie will be shown at the church, located at 1501 Douglas Ave., on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
A silent auction will feature rice pudding, rommegrot and peppernuts to the highest bidder.

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.

Chloe Snyder, 11, of Windom, shows Snuggles, a Jersey Wooly long-haired rabbit, to another contestant in the 4-H Pet Show Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the Cottonwood County Fair in Windom.
Chloe Snyder, 11, of Windom, shows Snuggles, a Jersey Wooly long-haired rabbit, to another contestant in the 4-H Pet Show Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, at the Cottonwood County Fair in Windom.
Kari Lucin / The Globe

“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.

A 1999 graduate of Jackson County Central and a 2003 graduate of Augsburg College, Kari Lucin started writing for newspapers in Minnesota and North Dakota in 2006. During her time as a reporter, she covered beats including education, watershed, county and agriculture, and frequently wrote about health and science. She has also served as an online content coordinator and an engagement specialist at various Forum Communications properties. She was a marketing assistant at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville for two years, where she did design work in addition to writing and social media management.

Lucin is currently a community editor with the Globe of Worthington.

Email: klucin@dglobe.com
Phone: (507) 376-7319
What to read next
Ettinger will be at the Worthington Event Center at 6:30 p.m. to answer questions from the public.
“We’re dumbfounded,” said Mark Loosbrock, secretary/treasurer of Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company, which spearheaded the project. “They had maps that our engineers, that nobody had. That’s why that money got denied.”
The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Oct. 14.
For incidents recorded the evening of Sept. 30 through the early morning of Oct. 4.