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Cat fanciers to meet in Rutland

Photo courtesy of the Cat Fanciers Association

Photo courtesy of the Cat Fanciers Association

— If you are looking for a family orientated event that is fun and affordable, come to Club Felins Fleur De Lys annual cat show, being held this year in Rutland.

Club Felins Fleur De Lys, an affiliate club of the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) is holding its annual show at the College Of St. Joseph’s athletic center, 71 Clement Rd. in Rutland March 15-16. The show will run both days of the weekend. If you drop by either day at any time, you will find something of interest.

This year, show organizers will feature feline agility, an event where feline contestants run through an obstacle of tunnels, hoops, steps and weave their way a line of polls.

CFA ringmaster Jill Archibald, a Japanese Bobtail enthusiast, will direct this part of the show. Local participants are welcome to bring their cats along (in a carrier) and run their cats in agility for $15, so bring your cat along if you have a candidate.

Generally, many cats will be on hand competing and to be observed. A few possible ‘Pet Me’ cats may be on hand and are be TBD at the show, contingent upon whether they accompany exhibitors bringing them as non competing cats. Pet Me cats availability vary from show to show.

In addition to judging, there will be vendors, food concession, the agility course, top animal professional photographer Chanan and cats competing in several categories.

A $1 off admission will be offered if a coupon is presented. Coupons are available at many area businesses, including pet stores, vet offices, the Rutland Library and Panera Bread. There is one discount per person.

For online information, see catshows.us or cfa.org.

Local pet cats can be entered by March 11 through catshows.us.

Admission $7 adults, $5 seniors/children 12 and under. Spectator show times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

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