Lincoln State Cat Show


The Lincoln State Cat Show is one of most celebrated cat shows in America, but what is a cat show all about? Do people strut around the ring with a cat at the end of the leash? We describe what happens at a cat show and how the Best in Show—and all the cats—are judged. Of course, Siamese, Ragdolls and Maine Coon will be there, but we also talk about some of the more unusual breeds, like the Korat, Cornish Rex, and Singapura.

There will be around 225 kittens and cats, 40 participating vendors with all things cat—cat food, cat beds, cat toys, catnip, cat jewelry, cat clothing and more. Some of the proceeds will benefit the nonprofit funder of cat health studies, the Winn Feline Foundation.

There will also be educational presentations. At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday (February 25), I will present this talk: “Cat Health Update from 50 Years of Winn Feline Foundation” and “Fearful Cats to Fear Free Happy Homes.” Everyone attending my talk with receive a free 44-page commemorative Winn Feline Foundation booklet. PDFs of the booklet are free to download here.

The Lincoln State Cat Show is February 24 and 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Rd., between Routes 38 and 64 in St. Charles. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and children ages 6 to 12 years, and free for those under 6 years old. Here’s a coupon for $1 off admission.

Bonus: All kids will get a free Garfield coloring book about basic cat care!