Atlanta Selected to Host 2008 CFA International Cat Show
900 Pedigreed Cats from Around the World to Turn Metro Area into "Catlanta"
During Largest Cat Show in the Western Hemisphere
November 21 - 23, 2008
ATLANTA, GA and MANASQUAN, NJ - September, 2008 - The Cat Fanciers'
Association (CFA) has selected Atlanta as the host of the 2008 CFA International Cat
Show. The largest cat show in the Western Hemisphere will showcase the world's finest
pedigreed felines at the Georgia International Convention Center from November
21 - 23, 2008. This event will feature 900 pedigreed cats from around the world
competing in several categories, including the prestigious "Best Cat in Show."
This one-of-a-kind three-day show is open to the public and gives attendees an
opportunity to experience a memorable and family-friendly experience in the heart of
Atlanta. In addition to being able to view the formal judging competition and award
ceremonies, cat lovers will have easy access to the finest selection of high-end cat-
related products and advice from hundreds of anticipated exhibitors.
Highlights from the upcoming CFA show include:
- CFA Feline Agility Competition - which will highlight the grace, athleticism and
curiosity which makes cats so much fun to watch in action
- Breed Showcase - where a CFA judge will handle 18 to 20 CFA breeds-
including a mixture of retired show cats and kittens—and answer questions from
curious cat lovers
"We're extremely excited to bring this unique showcase of the world's finest pedigreed
felines to the heart of the southeast," said Allene Tartaglia, CFA Executive Director.
"This is the perfect venue to give participants from around the world an opportunity to
share their passion for these fantastic felines in a comfortable and easily-accessible
location. In addition to the exciting judging competition, the 2008 CFA International Cat
Show will give cat lovers of all types an opportunity to discover a wide array of cat-
related products and services-all in one convenient place."
The show, which will be marking its 20th anniversary this year, will be making its first
appearance in Atlanta since 1997. This is also the first time in eleven years the show
has been east of the Mississippi River.
Leading up to the official event period, special activities will be conducted in Atlanta to
welcome the hundreds of participants to "Catlanta." In addition, there will be organized
events to educate the general public about pedigreed breeds and household cats, and
provide useful information on responsible cat ownership and proper care.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host this prestigious, world-class event in
Atlanta," said Jo Ann Haden-Miller, Director of Cultural & Heritage Marketing for the
Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We hope attendees of the 2008 CFA
International Cat Show take full advantage of Atlanta's legendary southern hospitality as
we welcome cat lovers and their wonderful companions from around the world. We look
forward to working with the CFA to put together a spectacular show."
CFA recognizes 40 breeds of pedigreed cats, and 900 cats are expected to attend the
show. Among the breeds that may be found at the show are the very popular and
easily-recognized Persian and Siamese, as well as the impressive Maine Coon, the
elegant Cornish Rex, the long and lean Oriental, and unique hairless Sphynx.
The judging panel will truly be world-class, with judges from across the United States
joined by participants from around the world, including Europe and Asia, who will have
their entries evaluated by this panel of experts in a number of categories, and judged
according to a written standard for its breed. A breed standard is precise enough to
allow judges to evaluate cats accurately, and flexible enough to leave room for
differences in interpretation between judges.
Georgia International Convention Center
200 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337
Friday, November 21: - Noon - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 22: - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday, November 23: - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission: Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for children and senior citizens, and
free for those 5 or younger. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Attendees can save
$1 by using a printable coupon available at: www.cfa.org/catlanta. One coupon per
ticket per person-- may not be combined with any other offers.
For more information, such as a complete schedule of events and other show highlights,
please visit www.CFA.org/catlanta.
About The Cat Fancier's Association, Inc.
Founded in 1906 as a non-profit association of member clubs, The Cat Fanciers'
Association, Inc. (CFA) is the world's largest registry of pedigreed cats. To date, CFA
has registered more than 2 million pedigreed cats throughout the world. CFA's mission
is to preserve the uniqueness and beauty of the pedigree breeds of cats, and to enhance
the well being of ALL cats. CFA promotes education, responsible cat ownership and
proper care to the owners of millions of cats worldwide. The CFA, headquartered in
Manasquan, New Jersey, administers rules for the management of cat shows and
promotes the interest of breeders and exhibitors of pedigreed cats. CFA breeders,
exhibitors, judges and fans span the globe, annually hosting over 400 competitions on
four continents. CFA and its affiliates work nationally with local shelters, at a grassroots
level, to help improve the problem of stray cats and abuse, and to encourage
neuter/spay programs. CFA has been instrumental in the development of several
international charitable organizations such as CFA Disaster Relief and The Winn Feline
Foundation. To learn more about the Cat Fanciers' Association, the pedigreed breeds of
cats, or to find the nearest CFA cat show, visit their web site at www.cfa.org.