Cat lovers are gathering this weekend at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds to show off their favorite animals.
Russian Blue. Maine Coon. Scottish Fold.
They sound exotic, but some were just house cats.
Others were ribbon-winning show cats looking to add to their collections at the second annual cat show Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds.
The show, sponsored by the Kansas City Midwest Cat Club, drew contestants from hundreds of miles around.
``Please do not touch,'' read most of the sign cages. Purring, meowing and playing cats sat inside the cages, waiting to be judged.
Kenna Duerr, an organizer of the show, said that there are very few cat shows in this region. That's one of the reasons she started the Lawrence show last year.
The maximum overall number of cat entries is 200; this show drew more than 100.
``I think we've done pretty well,'' she said.
Breeders displayed kittens for sale and several vendors of cat products set up shop on the edges on the room.
``We have everything from pharmaceutical supplies to cat products,'' Duerr said.
Cats are judged in four different ``rings,'' giving them four chances at a ribbon. They are judged on what qualities breeders say make up the perfect cat of a certain breed.
The show continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the fairgrounds. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children; the price of admission is $1 less with a donation of two cans of cat food. The donations go to area humane societies.
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