The city of Indianapolis is known for many things – the Indy 500 race, Monument Circle, Gen Con – and now for the third year, it’s home to The Ferret 500, an AFA-sanctioned ferret show that benefits Five Points Ferret Refuge. The Ferret 500 takes place this Saturday, June 7, at the Marion County Fairgrounds, 7300 E. Troy Ave., beginning at 9 a.m. (exhibitor check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and judging begins at 9:30 a.m.).
Brenda Taylor, co-founder and operator of Five Points Ferret Refuge, said this year’s show holds new surprises.
“We have added a few new vendors to our group, one of whom comes with embroidery machines in tow, to embellish clothing with embroidered images of our favorite little fur beasts,” Taylor said. “This year we will have a Show Steward to check in ferrets and announce classes. Our 8-foot, inflatable ferret will return, but with this year’s color of T-shirt — bright yellow; hopefully he won’t be mistaken for a huge bumblebee.”
More than 154 ferrets will compete in categories including companion, breeder, alter, adolescent, super senior, shelter, physically challenged, passport required and various coat types (including angora, which was added just last year). Taylor said classes have been expanded to include a judges’ invitational and the breeder class has been split into hobs (males) and jills (females). More judges will be on hand than previous shows to handle the numerous ferrets entered in multiple classes.
Taylor said Fun Matches (costume contest, races, etc.) are still part of the show. “We invite the public to join us for the fun, $5 admission $2 for kids 12 and under. Sorry no ferrets that are not registered.” Registration materials point out that no other pets are permitted at the show, so no dogs, cats, birds, etc. More updates can be found at The Ferret 500 Facebook page.
It’s an event that promises a lot of ferret fun and camaraderie. Whether or not you own ferrets, if you’re a ferret fan, it’s a great way to see lots of ferrets, meet many ferret enthusiasts, shop for ferret items for your ferret or yourself, enter raffles for great prizes and just have a good time. And if you’ve registered your ferret(s) for a class or match, your day will be full of excitement and anticipation as you await judging.
But it’s not all judging and games. People interested in ferret health will want to see a free presentation at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 6, given by Dr. Angela Lennox of Avian And Exotic Animal Clinic of Indianapolis. Her talk is titled “Vaccinating Adrenal Disease Away, And Other Upcoming Strategies in Ferret Medicine And Surgery,” and it takes place at the Exhibition Hall of the fairgrounds. Adrenal gland disease is a common ferret ailment.
“This presentation is free to the public and of intense interest to all ferret owners and prospective owners,” Taylor said. Lennox is an accomplished exotics veterinarian and last year’s winner of the Oxbow Exotic Mammal Health Award.
Still wondering if you should attend? People are coming from 10 states in addition to Indiana, with the furthest traveling from Colorado, Arkansas and Wisconsin. Lots of people obviously think the event is not only worth attending, but worth traveling to. The Five Points Ferret Refuge, which benefits from the show, has taken in more than 146 ferrets since 2009 and adopted out 93, Taylor said.
“My hope for the show is that everyone has a good time, enjoying seeing old friends, meeting new ones and we all get our ‘ferret fix’ until The Buckeye Bash,” Taylor said. “May the best ferrets win!”
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