Cat Show: Cat’s Meow of CCF

Grace Barnett poses with her winning cat, Itty Bitty.
Grace Barnett poses with her winning cat, Itty Bitty.

Tanner Clark’s Ice high-five’s to win trick competition at CCF Cat Show.

Over 50 audience members observing social distancing protocols tapped their fingers to their thumbs in quiet applause as cute kitty cats galore were held, presented and judged on stage in Camp-Plex Energy Hall for the Campbell County Fair (CCF) Cat Show, an annual feline-friendly tradition at CCF.

Scored in multiple categories including showmanship, short haired and long haired household pet, kitten class, best trick and best of show, among others, the fan favorite was perhaps the best costume and decorated cage division, which drew lots of muffled laughter and nearly silent applause.

The kittens in the Mike Pence and Donald Trump costumes won, ha

Grace Barnett poses with her winning cat, Itty Bitty.
Grace Barnett poses with her winning cat, Itty Bitty.

nds down, beside their Trump Train cage. Trump kitties were presented by Nyah Eisenbraun, age 13. But the hipster kitty costume and his zen zone was also a crowd pleaser.

In Best of Show, today’s winner was Itty Bitty presented by Grace Barnett, age 9. It’s Barnett’s first time showing Itty Bitty and winning Best of Show at fair, Mom Holly Hough said.

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When asked how it feels to be the winner, Barnett said smiling, “nice.”

Best Trick of the day was Ice, presented by Tanner Clark, age 16. Ice performed multiple high-fives to even more ohh’s and awe’s. Ice won by audience demand, the judge said.

Overall, the show was a great success, according to CCF Board Chairman Marilyn Christensen, who’s been hosting the purfect event for over 25 years.

“It was a huge success,” Christensen said before pausing to acknowledge the memory of 4-H and FFA’er 16-year-old Katie Acord’s cat Golden, who passed in an accident in the days before fair.

Acord cried with appreciation accepting gifts and a ribbon from Christensen and the CCF Board in honor of Golden, who helped her win overall showmanship at last year’s Cat Show.

Acord with her cat, Golden, who passed away in an accident earlier this week. Together, they won overall showman at the cat show last year.
Acord with her cat, Golden, who passed away in an accident earlier this week. Together, they won overall showman at the cat show last year.