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Discussions about the National Show to promote the bird fancy began in 1947.  The first National Bird Show, under the auspices of the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, was held in 1949.  Henry (Pat) Scannell, then head of Kellogg's Seed and Supply Co., provided trophies for Best Unflighted.  Soon these were designated as Best in Division and since the early 1950's have been of distinct design each year. For a complete history of when and where shows were held click HERE

Don Stein, then owner of Kellogg, instituted an award to memorialize the years of effort and support by Henry Scannell.  This award is the Scannell Trophy, the top award of the show, and presented each year to the Best Bird in Show

The Kellogg/Scott company continued their sponsorship until 2001, when  Higgins Premium Pet Foods became the proud sponsors of the National Cage Bird Show.
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The First National Cage Bird Show 1949
Hotel Sherman - Chicago, Illinois
(Ethel Stott on left and Ruth Mehier on right)
(Kellogg trophies were second hand and reworked)

For more information click on the links below!

Information our Friends of the Fancy who are no longer with us

History of When & Where shows were held

History of who won the Scannell Trophy for Best in Show

Archived photos from various NCBS Shows.




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