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Santa Monica Cat Club heads South to Costa Mesa for the weekend

Santa Monica Cat Club 2014 at OC Fairgrounds.  Three Orientals.
Santa Monica Cat Club 2014 at OC Fairgrounds. Three Orientals.Photo by Ella Batalon

The Santa Monica Cat Club headed south to Costa Mesa this weekend where they held their annual cat show for the first time at the Orange County Fairgrounds.

Santa Monica Cat Club at the OC Fairgrounds
Santa Monica Cat Club at the OC FairgroundsSMCC/Ella Batalon

"This is the 47th annual cat show for the Santa Monica Cat Club and the first year to be held at the OC Fairgrounds", says show manager Art Graafmans. "Prior to that the Santa Monica Cat Club is usually held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, which is now closed due to major renovations".

With over 200 cat breeds on display for the competition—hordes of cat lovers and enthusiasts gathered for a 'Purr-fect' family weekend to peruse, pet, admire and chat with breeders. Local rescues were also onsite for their cat adoptions, including a wide variety of vendors selling specialty cat merchandise and products—offering free tasty samples for both feline and human consumption.

Mike Pfister traveled all the way from Seattle, WA with his 14 month old Egyptian Mau named 'Makoha'. "Makoha is an aboriginal name meaning "Gentle Spirit", says Pfister. "Makoha is the number one Egyptian Mau in the world and we are here to compete for the regional win."

John Randolph from Phoenix, AZ traveled with his two Russian Blue feline champions—a male and female. "My male Russian Blue is named 'Out of the Blue' and he is already a champion. I'm hoping he will become a Grand Champion", says Randolph. "My one and half year old female is already a Grand Champion and her name is 'Dance to the Music'."

Saturday's event experienced a momentary interruption around 2:15 p.m. when a young Abyssinian jumped from her judge's arms and ran loose causing a little bit of ruckus and excitement with cat show announcer Tim Wheeler telling security to shut all doors. A few minutes later the little escapee was safely caught and returned back to the competition.

The Santa Monica Cat Club continues through Sunday, August 24 from 10 am to 5 pm and is located at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA in the Huntington Beach building at Gate 8.

For more information please visit the Santa Monica Cat Club website: SantaMonicaCatClub.