Cats, dogs and guinea pigs were the stars of the Ascension Parish 4-H Club’s annual Pet Show held Jan. 14 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

Proudly parading their pets in front of peers, friends and family, children had the opportunity to star alongside their furry friends.

The Ascension Parish 4-H Pet Show is a fun opportunity for fourth- to 12th-grade students to exhibit their pets and interact with the community. The event was part of a three-day Super Week program that included the pet show, demonstration day on Friday and livestock show on Saturday.

With many categories, children had plenty of opportunity to walk away with a ribbon. Pet categories were puppies, medium dogs, other, large dogs, cats and small dogs. Sub-categories were best dressed, shortest ears/tails, longest ears/tails, best owner-matching pet and prettiest eyes.

Organizers said the pet show gives members who don’t have space for larger animals a chance to compete and learn about animal care.

“I like that my friends can come, bring our dogs and dress them up. My dog doesn’t get out of the house much. So, this is fun,” said Madison Punch, who brought her shorkie to compete.

Punch’s dog, Chloe, dressed in a sparkling bow, vest and black shoes, is no stranger to the 4-H Pet Show.

“My friend told me about it four years ago. My 4-H club members used to tell me about it. I thought, ‘That’s fun.’ We’ve won best-dressed for the past three years,” Punch said. This year did not disappoint Punch’s hopes, as Chloe once again won first place for the best-dressed category as well as third place for the longest tail, measuring at 6 inches.

Sarah James, a Dutchtown Primary student, entered her ragdoll cat, Dusty, for the second time.

“My friend had been in 4-H. On the bus, kids were talking about 4-H. Me and my mom thought it was really cool. So, we got in it and stayed,” James said.

Dusty won first place in the longest tail category at 12 inches, first place for prettiest eyes and first place in the best cat division.

“I haven’t been in a lot of competitions, but it’s cool to win. It’s cool to know that I have cool animals,” James said.

For more information about the Ascension Parish 4-H Club, see https://www.facebook. com/Ascension-Parish-4-H-233631330011529/.