2016 Midwest Fall Show
October 21-22, 2016
Days' Inn Elyria
1825 Lorain Blvd.
Elyria, OH 44035
You will need to follow these steps to show at the Midwest Fall Show:
- If you are not already an AGS member, become a member by Sept. 22, 2016.
- Read the Health Page and make plans for your quarantine period and travel.
- Get a Gerbil ID Number for each animal you will be showing by Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2016.
- Fill out your Show Registration online. It must be received on or before Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.
- Read the Please Read pages so you know what to expect at the show and how to prepare for Health Inspection.
- Familiarize yourself with the special rules that apply to this show.
- Understand the new Prepayment and Refund Policy and refund deadline of Saturday, October 8.
Kennels are limited to entering a total of TBD gerbils in the show. Animals born on or after Thursday, July 22, 2015 and on or before Saturday, September 17, 2016 are eligible for the Juvenile (Pup) Class for this show. Animals born on or before April 22, 2014 may be shown in the Senior class. After the registration deadline of Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, no animals may be added or substituted; only scratches are allowed.
All show participants must adhere to strict quarantine and health standards. Please read the Health Page carefully before registering your gerbils.
The AGS expends considerable financial and volunteer resources on each show, and depends on the attendance of members to make shows work. For that reason, pre-payment of show fees are required and full refunds will be offered only through the refund deadline of Saturday, October 8.
Gerbil show pens must be a medium-sized "Kritter Keeper". All gerbil show pens should be filled with white carefresh and contain some food and a baby carrot as a substitute water source. It is important that show pens be as indistinguishable as possible for the sake of fairness. Please remove any obvious markings or distinguishing characteristics from show cages other than the AGS-provided show ID tag.
On the Show Floor
An AGS Show is a chance for us to demonstrate high quality gerbil care to the public. Your table should convey this message. Tanks and equipment should be clean and serviceable. Animals on members' tables must have access to water. Carrots are a fine substitue water source for travel and while in the show box, but are insufficient for a show's full duration. We invite you to create educational materials and to decorate and label your tanks in a way that conveys your love for your gerbils. These subtle messages do make an impression on visitors.
At the end of each show day, please clean up your area, dispose of all trash and remove anything but essential equipment to the space below your table. The show organizers will appreciate your willingness to help clean up and secure AGS tables, equipment and merchandise at the end of each day.
As we did last year, all health inspections will take place in Room 173, near the Wellington Room. It is very important that we do not pile up tanks of gerbils and equipment in the hallways waiting for a turn in health inspection so as not to inconvenience other guests of the hotel. Therefore, we'll use the following process at this year's show:
- Upon arrival at the show, leave the animals in your car briefly and come to Room 173.
- Sign in on the Health Inspection clipboard, noting your arrival time and your mobile phone number. If you do not have a mobile number, we can use Facebook Messenger, or you will need to have one member of your party wait at the HI room. If your wait is predicted to be long, you may choose to move your animals to your room.
- When it is nearly your turn to enter the room, the Health Inspection Coordinator will call you.
- Use a trolley to bring first your animals and then your equipment into the hotel and place them where the HI Coordinator tells you.
- Wait outside Room 173 for your health check to be completed.
- When called back, use a trolley to move your animals and equipment as directed by the Health Team.
Traveling with Gerbils
If you will be traveling any distance with your gerbils, please read our advice regarding traveling with gerbils before you plan your trip.
Can Someone Else Show My Gerbils For Me?
Members may show up to TBD gerbils without attending the show themselves. You should generally show only gerbils that a) have previous show points and are working toward a championship, or b) will be shown in a class or category in which you currently have points and are working toward a Breeder’s Certificate. All gerbils being shown in absentia must be pre-registered and paid in advance. Please read the detailed instructions about showing unaccompanied gerbils before you make your plans.
Photos from New England Show 2008