Do you love ferrets? The Ferret Buckeye Bash held in Columbus, Ohio is a great way to fulfill all your ferret needs as well as competing your ferrets!
I personally attended this event in 2017. This is a review based on my 2017 experience.
Ferret Buckeye Bash 2018: August 25, 10am-6pm, same location
Ferret Buckeye Bash 2017
Where: Northland Performing Arts Center 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229
When: August 26, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Entrance Cost: Adult $5, Children $1, Family $12
Family Friendly: Yes
The Ferret Buckeye Bash partnered up with the Heart of Ohio Ferret Association. All proceeds benefited HOFA and their ferrets.
There was plenty of parking in the parking lot by the building. Parking was free.
This was not a huge event. There were plenty of vendors in the vendor hall where you could get supplies for your ferrets. It was kind of like a reptile show if you’ve ever been to one of those, but all about ferrets.
Anything and everything ferret themed was there. Ferret bags, clothes, art, things for your ferrets to play in, sleep in, poop in. So many cute things. I ended up getting a plush tunnel called Barney’s Barrels for my ferrets from Ferradise.
Wooldridge Woodcraft has some beautiful pieces. There was one in particular that I loved but will need to make sure I have enough for it next year! If you’re a ferret and Game of Thrones lover then you’ll be happy to know that there was quite a few ferret/GoT mashups available in the form of T-shirts and vinyl stickers.
If you go to the ferret bash you have to stop by and get some pooping pumpkin! Pooping pumpkin is an organic pumpkin and egg formula made by Barbra from Rocky’s Creature Comforts. This stuff can be used for ferrets, cat, and dogs to help promote a healthy GI tract. I got some for my ferrets to help with fur balls.
There was a huge raffle that you could get tickets for and enter for specific prizes. It was not just ferret related items. There was actually a bunch of items that had nothing to do with ferrets but were still pretty neat. There were no real ferrets included in the raffle if you were wondering.
There were ferrets everywhere. It was amazing.
How can you not fall in love with these cuties? So adorable.
There were a couple of breeders there that had ferrets for sale. HOFA also had information and adoption applications for the ferrets they have available for adoption. It was hard not going home with a new addition to my business.
A big part of this ferret bash was showing ferrets. Your ferrets have to have current rabies and distemper vaccinations as well as Aleution Disease Virus (ADV) test results in order to be shown.
There were a lot of ferrets there that were being shown. A couple of tables were set aside for the competing ferrets and their travel cages. A large cloth wall split the vendor’s hall from the competition area. You could go back and sit and watch the judges judge the ferrets for whatever category was being judged at the time. There were a lot of different judging categories.
Winners got ribbons and some also got trophies. The winners then got photographed in a separate room.
I’m thinking about possibly showing my ferrets next year. You can find more information about showing your ferrets at the Ferret Buckeye Bash here.
A concession stand with snacks and food was available in the building.
Bathrooms: There were indoor bathrooms in the building outside of the vendor’s hall.
Presentations: Just as you walked into the building there were a few rows of chairs in front of a large screen where presentations about ferrets were being given.
Other Contests: Tube races, costume contest, photo contest, and paper bad escape contest were some of the other contests available. We left before any of these started so we sadly missed out on them.
I thought the Ferret Buckey Bash was a great event for ferret lovers. Not a lot of people have ferrets as pets so it was really awesome having a bunch of ferret lovers in one place. Plus, there were so many cute and adorable ferrets that it was hard not going home with one! There were plenty of ferret accessories and ferret related items to satisfy all your ferret needs. It was a great event and I can’t wait for next year. Hopefully, I’ll be able to show my ferrets!
To stay up to date and to find a vendor and ferret registration information you can check out their website.
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