It’s pretty clear how Kaden Lingbeck, 11, a member of the Leaf River Soaring Eagles 4-H Club, feels about his cat.
He snuggled his gray and white kitty Christine and gave her a smooch on the head after she won the championship in Junior Cat Showmanship Monday evening at the Ogle County 4-H Cat Show held at the Farm Bureau building in Oregon.
He told Judge Patsy Unger, of Mt. Morris, that Christine began life as a “barn cat.”
Unger had high praise for the five participants in the show and their pets.
She said she had a tough time making her decision for first and second place.
“I have no criticism for any of you,” she said. “Every one of you was so good.”
Laci Meyer, 14, also a member of the Leaf River Soaring Eagles, was the champion in Intermediate Cat Showmanship with her Siamese named Poshe.
The Cat Show was one of the preliminary events of the Ogle County Fair which kicked off Wednesday and will run through Sunday at the fairgrounds on Limekiln Road a mile west of Oregon, just off Ill. 64.
Grandstand events include the Big Hat Rodeo on Friday at 7 p.m. and a Demolition Derby on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Exhibits will include 4-H projects and shows, as well as the Open and Junior Open Shows, with an array of topics from traditional livestock, foods, and clothing to electricity, woodworking, and computer science.
Daily entertainment includes Woody’s Menagerie with animals from around the world, and a chain saw artist.
The Magic of Brian Holt will be featured on Friday and Saturday, and the carnival is open daily with a variety of rides and games.
Musical entertainment by local groups is planned daily at the music pavilion.
An open horse show will wrap up the events on Sunday afternoon.
Gate admission is $8 per person and includes unlimited carnival rides. Grandstand shows are an additional $10.
For more information on fair events, visit www.oglecountyfair.com.