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    What do all those ribbons mean?

    When a judge evaluates the cats and makes awards, the ribbons are given out according to color class, and to each male and female within that color class. Sometimes, it might seem like every cat gets a blue ribbon, but that's because sometimes a cat is the only one of its sex in its color class.

    Here's the order in which the judge will hang his or her ribbons:

    First
     FIRST
    in the color
    & sex
    grouping
    Second
    SECOND
    in the color
    & sex grouping
    Third
       THIRD   
    in the color
    & sex grouping
    Winners WINNERS RIBBON - If a cat is trying to become a Champion it will need 6 of these to do so. The cat must first get the BLUE ribbon before it can receive a WINNERS RIBBON.
    Best of Color
    BEST OF COLOR CLASS
    2nd Best of Color
    2nd BEST OF COLOR CLASS
    All of the males and females in a color class compete for these two ribbons.
    Best of Breed
    BEST OF BREED or DIVISION
    2nd Best of Breed
    2nd BEST OF BREED or DIVISION
    All of the males and females in a breed or division compete for these two ribbons.
    Best Champion BEST CHAMPION/PREMIER OF BREED or DIVISION - If a cat is a Champion or a Premier, and is trying to become a Grand Champion or Grand Premier, it will need these ribbons to accumulate points.
    Merit Award MERIT AWARD - This ribbon is given only to cats in the Household Pet Class.
    Rosette A ROSETTE - These are the ribbons that the owners are really, really hoping their cat will be given! These fancy rosettes are awarded, by each judge, to their "top cats" in the show.

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