Our local fair (which happens to be pretty big....) doesn't show gerbils. I'd REALLY like to show them, and I can get others to show as well, but I have to come up with some things to approach the Fair Board with.....
1) I have to find my own judge. (Anyone want to volunteer? ;D) The fair will pay a judge, but for "new projects" WE have to find somebody who can do it.
2) We need show rules/guide lines. I figure I can get this stuff from AGS.
It will also probaly not happen until fair NEXT year. (Our fair is in August) I suppose it's alright, though I'd have loved to start it this year.
Well, we call it the Lynden fair, because it's just an every year inconvienence to us locals, but it's the Northwest Washington Fair. People show from out of state at this fair... I love it. And yes, Andrea, you're super right... in fact.... I did ask Sandy, and she did say she'd be interested!! However, this was before she had her baby. The fair is in August.... so 8 months.
Re: judging, I'd be interested, but I will be moving that month so it needs to be a one-time deal. Also how would we pay for ribbons, rosettes, etc? I agree that AGS show standards would be the best to go with and the AGS could help out with that. Would the fair charge an entrance fee to cover the cost of space rental, ribbons, etc?
LOL NO. The fair does not charge entry fees... maybe for out of state showers (err... show-ers and showers are spelt the same???) Anyway...The lady told me that I'd have to give them time to work it into the budget. The fair supplies ribbons and they pay the judge. I'm not sure how it would work, Sandy, to (no offence) pay a Canadian. I'm not sure how much they pay the judges. I do believe that guinea pigs and chinchillas are only juged on ONE day, so I'd assume that the gerbils would be the same.
LOL well they can pay me in gerbil food or bedding, I guess! Anyway it is just for fun. Well, that is cool about them supplying the ribbons.
There have to be some fairly strict rules about labeling, show cages, bedding, handling rules, alcohol gel present etc. for a show to be safe for all the entrants. We don't want people going home with mites as well as their gerbils, or diseases (e. coli comes to mind) or as one person I heard of, having gerbils dumped on them. Everything has to be very well labelled. I'm not taking home unclaimed gerbils at the end of the day! LOL!!
As for breed and showing guidelines, the AGS rules work for me:
Basic Standard: The Basic Standard, by which all show gerbils are judged, is based upon the allocation of points for various features.
General Appearance & Temperament Body: Symmetry and general appearance of the body are decidedly solid and firm. Females should be streamline and athletic in appearance. Males may have a larger, heftier body-type, but should not appear fat. There should be no signs of wounds or scars on the body. The gerbil should be in top health. The head is short and broad, and well set into the body. Teeth should not be overgrown or broken. Whiskers are long and full.
Fur: The coat is full, fine, soft, short, and has a smooth, healthy sheen without any greasy appearance. (Shows: adult gerbils shall not be molting.)
Tail & Tuft: The tail shall be held straight back for balance when the gerbil is in motion - free from kinks and ending with a brush like tuft. In an adult the tail shall be the same length as the body.
Eyes: The eyes shall be bright, widely set, and large but not bulging. They should have an almond shape and be symmetrical.
Ears: The ears shall be fairly small, not too rounded and carried erect.
Temperament: Gerbils shall be tame and friendly towards people, and show gentleness toward cage mates. They should exhibit a temperament that is curious, active, confident, even-tempered, exhibiting stability, playfulness, with an outgoing, loving disposition. Biting, nipping, and aggressive behavior shall be discouraged when breeding.
Show Penalties and Disqualifications
* Penalty points are to be deducted as follows: * Disease or intractability - DISQUALIFICATION * Sores, scabs, or wounds - DISQUALIFICATION * Hard nipping – DISQUALIFICATION (Not Applicable) * Missing fur - 10 points max * Excess fat - 10 points max * Molting - 10 points max * Dirty or stained fur - 10 points max * Dirty Show pen - 5 points max
Post by doomgerbiluk on Feb 14, 2007 1:57:08 GMT -8
another option would be get a few people together and do a stand exhibiting gerbils and promoting gerbil care. If you could get that going the first year then doing a full show would be easier. You could form you own local gerbil society but that is not easy.
Post by doomgerbiluk on Feb 14, 2007 9:04:51 GMT -8
Speak to the organisers and see if a display is acceptable to them. You will need a table, room for cages/pens, somewhere to display photos and posters. An area where you can sit children in a circle is nice, they fidn it easier to handle the gerbils that way and if a gerbil gets dropped it's easier to catch!! Gerbil games like 'who can chew a toilet tube quickest' are a good idea too! Get some display boards if possible and prepare pictures, care sheets etc. Get some volunteers to agree to bring their gerbils along. Get some hand gel for people to use before and between handling gerbils. it should be unscented so as not to spook the gerbils. Make a plan/ write guidelines for those taking part and ensure everyone knows whats going on. If there's enough people you might wish to be in shifts, also the gerbils will get tired so give them breaks. As people hands can get greasy and sweaty the gerbils may appreciate sand baths too, but no cross-contamination so seperate 'baths' for each owner minimum.
Last Edit: Feb 14, 2007 9:05:46 GMT -8 by doomgerbiluk
Quite good points Doom. Really, I'd love to, but right now isn't a good time for me. I just found an apartmetn, and I'm super excited about it... so I'm packing now, and working 2 jobs.... actually 3, but that last one is weather dependant.