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Cat power comes to Gwinnett Fairgrounds

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Special Photo This Sphynx, Skinzin Crystal Bald, will be on show in the kitten class at the Rebel Rousers Cat Club Show on Saturday along with hundreds of other feline breeds.

If You Go

• What: Rebel Rousers Cat Club Show

• When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville

• Cost: $5 to $6

• For more information: Visit www.atlantacatsho...

LAWRENCEVILLE -- On Saturday, the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds will be invaded by furry felines. Purebred and household cats are competing to win blue ribbons, "Best in Show" and extra treats at the Rebel Rousers Cat Club Show.

With approximately 175 cats entered in the competition, Judy Gunby, head of the show, knows that the numbers have been down over the past several years. The total number that could have entered this show was 225 cats.

"We're not only trying to get people to enter the show, but more cats. The problem is the economy," she said. "There just aren't as many people showing cats."

But Gunby reiterated that there will be cats present from all spectrums of the breeds.

During this show, younger cat wranglers are invited to show off their household felines as part of a program called the Youth Feline Education Program.

"Young people need to have hobbies essentially," Gunby said. "It's just another interest that teaches them a lot about animals. I think it's an important part of childhood development. It's good for kids to be involved with taking care of an animal."

The felines who enter the contest are divided up in three categories: kittens (4 to 8 months old), champions (8 months and older, not fixed) and premiers (8 months and older, spayed or neutered). The judges examine each cat during the show, giving awards out in each class. They each choose the top 10 cats and kittens to look at for "Best in Show." The judges will individually give out awards and some cats may win more than once.

The felines rack up points that accumulate over the year. At the end of the judging season, points are tallied and the cats with the highest marks win within separate categories. The top award is the Cat Fanciers' Association's "Cat of the Year."

There will also be vendors on site selling their wares, plus "human" food for purchase.

Cats not participating in the show cannot enter the premises.