The cat show world was rocked by scandal in 1897 when, at the Bristol, Conn. fair, judge David Nichol awarded three prizes to Mrs. Winifred Norton’s cat – best of breed, biggest cat and best looking cat.
The rules of the competition prohibited more than one award going to a single cat, and protests were lodged at the conclusion of the fair.
Organizers withheld prize money. The matter wound up in court, but was settled before judgment, according to the Bristol Herald of Nov. 11, 1897.
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