Posted: May 11, 2014 3:05 p.m. EDT
Gerbil enthusiasts in and around New England have a special treat in store on May 31. The American Gerbil Society is holding its 13th Annual New England Gerbil Show in Nashua, New Hampshire. Can’t make it? You can still be part of the show by participating in the gerbil photo contest.
"They do not need to come to the gerbil show to enter. It is all online submissions,” said Diane Nott, who has run the photo contest for years. "I print them up and put them on a board. The people who come to the show vote for their favorite.”
Prizes are a first, second or third-place ribbon. The number of entries varies, but is typically 10 to 12. That makes for pretty good odds to score a ribbon and have your gerbil(s) immortalized if you enter. Entries should be sent to email@example.com, and arrive by of May 26. Nott explained that she is on the road a day before the show, so she would not have time to print out entries that come later than the deadline of May 26. For best results, Nott said photos need to have a resolution of at least 640 by 480 pixels to get a good printout.
"Once the contest is over,” Nott added, "I usually post the winners on Facebook on the Gerbil Friends page and my Heavenly Heart Gerbilry page.”
© Courtesy Diane Nott
Entering the gerbil photo contest is done via email, and you do not need to be present to have your entry at the show.
The gerbil show takes place at the Holiday Inn at 9 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Saturday, May 31, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A press release for the event states that: "Gerbil owners are invited to register their gerbils for this fun, family-friendly event, which includes several contests and pet competitions.” People who don’t own gerbils but are interested in seeing the show also sometimes attend.
What can you expect if you attend the gerbil show? The press release offers the following details.
"Serious gerbil owners and breeders may compete in official judging for the Best-in-Show honors while the public votes for the Photo Contest award winners. A fun Pet Class competition for younger kids gives awards for pets' endearing characteristics, with ribbons awarded for qualities like Cutest Face, Fastest Wheel Runner, Friendliest and Best Whiskers. Older children may enter their gerbils in our "Mock Show” and learn from the AGS’s Youth Judges what makes a winning gerbil. In the "Gerbil Olympics” pets can compete in events like Tube Chewing and HamTrack Racing. There will be a Gerbil Agility demonstration, specialty gerbil-related merchandise, a raffle and silent auction, and a 4-H pocket pets exhibit.”
Pet class entries are required to pre-register at the AGS website. Admission to the show is $2 per person (maximum admission charge per family of $10). For more information, including show registration deadline, quarantine period and show schedule, visit the AGS website or call 617-987-0243.
The 13th Annual New England Gerbil Show is coordinated by Libby Hanna, president of the American Gerbil Society. Hanna is a long-time gerbil owner, rescuer, breeder and show judge. Her kennel, Shawsheen River Gerbils, is the oldest established gerbil rescue in the nation, according to the press release.
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