Blackwell cat convention this weekend is going to be the cat's meow

by Charles Gerian

“What’s new, pussycat?” Well, how about a cat convention in Blackwell?

Memorial Day weekend will see Blackwell’s inaugural cat show on May 27 and 28 at the Blackwell Event Center.

Judging starts at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and will run until the early afternoon.

“We are excited to have our first annual cat show at the Blackwell fairgrounds,” said Richard Hummel, the director of the KansasKatz organization.

“I think this could be a big draw for Blackwell. We could have 125 cats of all types and breeds as well as vendors from all over.

Spectators are welcome and encouraged. We will also have cats for adoption from the local shelter.” The public is invited to attend the show. Admission costs $5 per person, with children ages 5 and under getting in for free.

The maximum charge for a family is $20.

Guests looking to save a buck can bring an item of cat food to donate to the Blackwell Animal Shelter and get $1 off admission. Food and merchandise will be sold. Those interested in showing a cat can do so by contacting Denise Spraker via email at no later than one week before the show.

The show will take place in late afternoon on May 27 and early afternoon on May 28.

Those interested in vending can contact The Blackwell Animal Shelter will host an adoption drive at the event.

The KansasKatz CatClub, a 501c3 group, is an approved club as part of the International Cat Association. TICA is the world's largest genetic registry of pedigreed cats and feline household pets.