On Saturday and Sunday, February 27 and 28, 2016, the Ancient City Cat Club presented its inaugural cat show.
Over 125 pedigreed and household pets were judged in each of six rings each day. The theme of this year’s show is “Pirates of St. Augustine,” and a pirate re-enactor was onsite both days. Spectators were welcomed to walk through the benching area and talk to the owners of the cats.
St. Augustine resident Carol Rothfeld, president of the Ancient City Cat Club and show manager, said the goal was to show the best cats St. Augustine residents and visitors have to offer. Michael Rothfeld, Carol’s husband and secretary of the cat club, said everything went smoothly in getting the cat show off the ground, from securing the Solomon Calhoun Center as a venue to finding sponsors and vendors.
This was not Carol’s first rodeo. When the Rothfelds lived in Staten Island, New York, Carol organized shows in the New York area for about 15 years. She is also a past president of the Cat Fanciers Association, the oldest cat club in the world.