Salt Lake City, UT – This weekend marked the Inaugural Cat Show for the Wild West Cat Fanciers TICA Cat Club, the 2017 Rocky Mountain Roundup, which was held in the Wasatch/Cascade Ballroom of the Hotel RL (formerly the Red Lion) Salt Lake City. This 125-max entry Alternative Format cat show showcased a total of 77 cats and kittens from all around the country. The 2017 Rocky Mountain Roundup was sponsored by Dr. Elsey’s Quality Products for Cats, the Cottonwood Animal Hospital, Paw Paws Dog Wash, Spa and Boutique and Fedex Office Services.
Special marketing materials were designed by the club’s official artist, Tracy J. Butler from St. Louis, MO. She is best known for her graphic novella series, Lackadaisy. You can see much of her work at her website here.
Fourteen prestigious official judges evaluated all entrants in three rounds of judging as exhibitors and spectators looked on. The new club provided five brand new judging stands, made from solid materials and lighting provided by IKEA spot lights at the top of the platform, and two scratching posts adorned on opposite ends of the table, supporting the light fixtures.
Each exhibitor was presented with brand new rosettes for the individual ring awards, and categories included long-haired and short-haired kittens (4-8 months of age), champion cats (unaltered cats), alters, and household pet cats and kittens. Spectators purchased entry tickets to watch the judging and meander throughout the show hall as they learned about the various breeds of cats being exhibited at this year’s show. Raffle tickets were also sold as an additional revenue source for the show. The raffle was extremely popular and very profitable for the club.
Comments from exhibitors, spectators and the leadership of TICA indicated that our inaugural show was a smash hit among all attendees. After all expenses were accounted for, the club was able to keep the show in the black, thus making a future show possible. WWCF wishes to thank all who participated and helped with setup and take down of the show rings, cages and tables and chairs. We are truly grateful for all of the encouragement and guidance we received and look forward to seeing everyone again next year.