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Supporters of cats and crafts should be happy to learn that the Nasson Community Center gymnasium in Springvale will be treating a cat and Holiday craft fair show on the weekend of Oct. 15-16.
The show, sponsored by the United Maine Coon Cat Association, which is affiliated with the Cat Fanciers Federation, will run from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Sunday, and will feature four rings of continuing cat deciding everywhere.
The professionals advising over each ring will select nine finalists – in addition to a best in show cat – from the breeds present in their ring. Just some of the breeds included in the show will be Oriental, Shorthairs, Persians, Maine Coons, Himalayans, Abyssinians, Cornish Rex, Bengals, and Ragdolls.
“All four groups will decide kits, develops, guardians and family lovers,” said Peggy Vivinetto, vice director of the coon cat organization. “Two of the rings will be all-breed, and that means that all breeds are judged against all other breeds according to their written standard. Two of the rings will be practice – specialty rings judge short hairs against shorthairs and long hairs against long hairs for each of the classes. (Eventually), 10 cats will be brought up for the finals, with the best cat situation being No. 1.”
Carla Maria Sullwold, who controls distribution for the group, explained what newcomers to cat shows can require seeing in each ring.
“It is a beauty competition,” Sullwold said. “Judges see if the cats confirm to visible standards, and the partners bring their cats in enclosures out together, 10 at a time, and get called up in order to the judges’ table. The judge then does all the handling of the cat, and will examine it, lift it, feel it, put it on the table, and maybe try to play with it – not for fun – but to try and elicit a response such as readiness or an appearance for a special breed.”
The cat show will also especially accept the Maine state cat – the Maine Coon. The coon is one of the traditional breeds of cats in North America, and is one of the largest breeds amongst domesticated cats, often reaching well over 3 feet in length at adult size. Coons can have medium or long hair, and their coats can vary in color across the spectrum seen in other cats. Perhaps the most unusual feature of the coon, however, is their sensitive character.
“They are known as the gentle giant of the cat world,” Vivinetto said. “They have a different personality. They are more like dogs than cats – they can open doors and play fetch. They also make a chirping sound, as well as purring.”
Coons also has a playful, or perhaps prankish side.
“They are always around and will steal food off your plate if you are not looking,” Vivinetto said. “If you are missing something – they see everything as a toy – the coon has it. They also like to carry things from room to room, much like a dog. I always say, ‘If you can’t get a dog, get a coon cat instead.’”
Carol Pedley, a longtime farmer of coons at Le Beau Minu Cattery in Standish, will offer a presentation on the breed at noon on both Saturday and Sunday.
The contest is open to household cats, with a special disbelieved rate of $15 offered to those who have adopted from local defenses. The United Maine Coon Cat Association will bench these participants with more experienced members, as well as offering courtesy cage and curtains. However, all local household cat owners – regardless of where they got their kitty – are inspired to come out and compete.
Observers can really visit the cats and their masters in the adaptation area, and ask questions about the breeds. Guests will also be able to vote on their pick amongst the competitors on both days, and winners will be crowned prom-style a king and queen of the show at the end of the day.
“(Being able to visit the owners and cats) is common at cat shows,” Sullwold said. “At some of the larger dog shows it isn’t like that, but at cat shows people are asked to stay with their cats, and even while the four rings are in progress, people can walk up and down the benches and talk to the breeders. They are normally very helpful, and like to talk about and show off their cats.”
Sullwold, who is a longtime breeder of coons herself, will also be doing a book meaning around lunchtime on both days for her work, “Tales of Mannahatta.”
In addition to the show itself, the event will also have an area set up for vendors, who will be selling cat-related products, as well as food, and an assortment of Christmas clothes, crafts, and art. Some breeders may also have Maine Coon kitten available for sale. and place Maine Coon and Maine Coon Mix cats in permanent homes.H