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16th Annual New England Show
June 9-10, 2017
Bedford, MA

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gerbil show festivities

About the New England Show

The AGS's New England Show is the longest-running gathering of gerbil breeders and enthusiasts in North America. Educational displays and presentations, available animals, gerbil care tips from breeders, and fun pet-class competitions for the whole family at this day-long, kid-friendly event. You will never see anything quite like a gerbil show!


Middlesex Commuity College, 591 Springs Rd., Bedford, MA


Take I-95 to US Route 3 Exit 27B toward Bedford. Turn left onto Springs Road then left onto Orchard Street at the flashing light. Middlesex Community College is on your right. The show is in the Campus Cafeteria, Building 8.


Courtyard by Marriott
270 Concord Rd
Billerica, MA 01821

$109.00 per night, group code American Gerbil Society. Gerbils are allowed in rooms but must stay in cages. Group rate deadline is May 26.

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Show Hours:


Friday 5-8 pm
Saturday 8 am - 7 pm

Open to the Public

Saturday, Jun 10, 11 am to 5 pm

Admission Fee

$5 per person, $25 family max


Membership deadline: May 10, 2017
Gerbil ID deadline: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Exhibition Entry Deadline: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Quarantine period: May 14-June 9, 2017
Refund deadline: Saturday, May 28, 2017


judging at a gerbil show

Show Coordinators: Libby Hanna and Donna Anastasi

Animal Health Inspectors:
  Donna Anastasi
  Cathy Bickel
  Libby Hanna
  Sabrina Hundley
  Amy Paben

Show Secretary: Libby Hanna
On-site Secretary: TBD

  Libby Hanna (SE)
  Donna Anastasi (NE)
  KJ Johnson (NE)
  Amy Paben (NW)

Judges in Training:
Kaitlyn Cepeda
Anise Hetman

Show Highlights

Photo Contest! A beloved New England Show tradition. Can't make the show in person? Send along a photo (cute, funny, portrait-style, whatever you like!). Photos will be displayed and the public picks the winner! Send your photos to Diane Nott.

Yard Sale! Spring cleaning in the kennel? Bring your excess or unwanted serviceable items to the show and share with other members and members of the public.

Table Displays The New England Show is our most heavily attended and one of our best opportunities to educate the public about gerbils. Consider bringing along a table display, brochures or the like. People also love to meet your other exotic pets. Please be sure any pets you bring are tractable for the sake of our Health Inspectors.


Friday, June 9th

5:00-9:00 pm Set-up
Health inspections
Member Activities
Favorite night-before activities include socializing, snacking, and arts and crafts for gerbils and their people. Gerbil Agility demonstrations.

Saturday, June 10th

8-10 am Health inspections
10:30 am Show Call: All gerbils who will compete in the show should be placed on the judging tables.

(Please check the Show Rules & Regulations page ahead of time to make sure that your gerbils have the proper size of show carrier. 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.
10:30-11:00 Judges' meeting and lunch.
11 am Judging starts
Floor inspection
Open to the Public
11:30 am-12:30 pm Pet Class I - for kids 8 & under
Hamtrack races
Tube chew races
1:30-2:30 pm Pet Class II - Mock Show - for kids 9 & up
AGS Youth Asst. Judge will judge pet gerbils using Exhibition Format.
Hamtrack races
Tube chew races
4:30 pm Raffle & Auction results.
5 pm Public Admissions Close
6-6:30 pm Show Results
Champion & Breeder Certificate Presentations
Group Photo
Dinner to follow in the Show Hall

Sunday, June 11th

8-9 am Member breakfast
Location TBD
sleeping hanging out   group w ribbons  

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