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So what actually happens at a gerbil show?
In the UK there are two main kinds of gerbil show
At both shows the format of the gerbil show is the same. Exhibitors turn up at the show and hand their gerbils, along with the entry fee to the show secretary before the deadline set out in the published show schedule. About half an hour after the deadline an approved judge, or maybe two judges where there are a very large number of entries, start to judge the gerbils by comparing them to the established show standards for the class(es) the gerbil is entered in.
Once the judging has finished, prize cards, rosettes, and sometimes prize money and trophies will be presented to the winners of the various classes. The best gerbil in the show is given the title Best in Show.
At the show everyone has a great opportunity to discuss gerbils, exchange gerbils, see the rest of the show etc.
The main difference between one of the smaller shows and the larger events is that at the larger shows there is more to see and there are usually trade stands where various things connected with keeping small animals can be bought.
Details of forthcoming shows in the UK and around the world can be found at the NGS Events Page.
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Last updated 22 September 2007