Today we are entered in the 2018 Scandinavian Winners Show in Göteborg, Sweden.
It’s kind of a big deal. Cats exhibited at the FIFe Scandinavian Winner Show must satisfy one of the requirements in the 13 month period prior to the Scandinavian Winner Show:
Adult cats in classes 7-10 must have achieved:
Best in Variety (BIV) or
Best in Show nomination (NOM) or
Each cat qualified in Class 12 or 11 within 13 months prior to Show
Luckily, Logan has qualified in Classes 12 and 11 (Kitten and Junior) and was NOM in his first class 7 (Open Champion) show.
The show is conveniently located in Gothia Towers. This weekend (Easter weekend), Göteborg also hosts GothCon, a gaming convention Björn has attended regularly for 34 years. It’s rather nice that both big events fell on the same weekend. We booked a hotel in between the two venues, which is perfect.
The Winners show is different from regular shows. The first day is a regular show, but the second day is a sort of “Best of the Best,” as I understand it. This is also a much larger show than most of the shows we go to. There are over 800 cats representing 37 different breeds and 14 different countries.
Before the show, there was an official opening ceremony. Stellan, one of Sweden’s Singapura breeders, lives in Göteborg and was the main emcee for the day.
After the introduction, there was a demonstration of typical Swedish “Bug” dancing. I don’t know from bugs, but it looked a lot like the swing and rockabilly dancing I did in the late 90’s. It looked like fun!
Then they had a second dance and invited the audience to join in. You can see Stellan cutting a rug there in the middle.
Then there was the Parade of Nations. Naturally, Sweden was the first, since they are the host country.
When the stewards carrying flags from all 14 participating countries were on the stage, it was pretty impressive. There are even cats here from as far away as Brazil!
After the Parade of Nations, the 14 judges were presented to the exhibitors.
As you might imagine, there are a LOT of rosettes and prizes to be awarded to the top winners.
Many of the cages in the benching area are decorated in a nationalistic theme for this show.
Of course, most of the entries are Swedish.
This Oriental Shorthair breeder had a very Swedish-themed cage along with two really cute crocheted blå och gul crocheted Oriental dolls.
This cat has a lighted chandelier in his cage!
These are cats from Denmark.
And these kitties are obviously from Finland.
But guess what? These Finnish entries aren’t just “cats”…they’re all Somalis!
Logan’s cage wasn’t decorated to any theme apart from the regular one we always use at shows. It includes fake pussy willows, because his registered name is Vide, which is the Swedish word for pussy willow.
If you’re thinking it looks a lot like Jacoby’s show curtains, well….you’re right. They are the same.