contributed by Larry Fry
photos contributed by Patty Arnold
January 5th and 6th the Absolutely Abyssinians Cat Club held its annual show in Jacksonville, Florida. This show is held to honor the memory of a long time cat fancier, Mona Cherrington, who was a club founder. The awards at this show are given in her memory.
The show hall this year was quite different than in previous years. It was held at the Lexington Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Jacksonville. This show hall was simply fantastic, carpeted, catered by the conference center staff personnel, who were absolutely the friendliest and most helpful group of people one could ask for in this type of venue. There were 165 entries representing 13 breeds of longhair cats and 20 shorthair breeds including 5 Abyssinians.
The Absolutely Abyssinian Club hosted the annual international wine and cheese tasting party. The participants were treated to smoked turkey, hams, a plethora of cheeses and lots of equally good wines. The exhibitors and judges were able to feast everyone had a great time. Our thanks goes out to Cyndi Lewis and Joanne Hardeman for helping set up and opening wine as well as in generally being the really great people that we know and love.
Our judging line up was tops: Norman Auspitz, Pam Bassett, Ken Currle, Gene Darrah, Karen Godwin, Marilee Griswold, Teresa Keiger, and Jan Rogers kept our show moving along and got to give out the special rosettes that we had this year. The rosettes had a picture of an Abyssinian on the button in the center piece. Ray Cherrington picked out the picture he wanted and had these absolutely beautiful awards created again to honor the memory of Mona. We really appreciate the exhibitors that came to our show and hope to see them back next year for more fun in rings and tasting wine and cheese.
Part of the show proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Research. We hope this contribution will help contribute to the elimination of this disease that has affected so many of our fellow cat fanciers.
We want to share photos of our Southern Region shows! Please remember to
a photo (and a short show story if you wish) immediately after your show for upcoming newsletters.