What do you want at a Chicken show?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Ryu, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. Ryu

    Ryu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For those of you who do show can you rank the following by importance or your thoughts on these topics? I am trying to identify what is most important for you to feel like you had a good experience. And of course, no one wants to pay a show fee, but I'd like to have your thoughts.

    We would love to provide every possible ammenity, but with a limited number of Association members and resources--I want to know what's most important to those who show.

    Building:
    Lighting
    Flooring (cement vs. arena dirt)
    In one building or two adjacent buildings
    Double stacking vs aisle width

    Show entries and Awards:
    Champion Row (having one vs not)
    Trophies (Trophys, Rosettes, Photograph vs Cash)
    Entry Fees
    Paying a small show fee ($2.00 to help club defray cost of set up and tear down)
    Capping of number of entries (If you enter late, your entry might be returned to you if the allotted coops are full)
    Capping number of sale coops per exhibitor
    Only allowing sale coops for those who exhibit
    Breed meet type, Special vs District vs State
    Junior Program

    Extras:
    Hot food
    Seating for socializing
    Lectures or talks
    A booth to photograph birds
    Raffle and/or auction
    Banquet
    Vendor Booths

    Let fly. Answer some or all, I just need feedback. Thanks!
     
  2. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Building

    2. Lighting - plenty!!
    13. Flooring (cement vs. arena dirt) - doesn't matter to me; cement is nice because it keeps the dust down
    1. In one building or two adjacent buildings (poultry in one building; waterfowl in another...can't take those call ducks all day [​IMG] )
    10. Double stacking vs aisle width - don't care



    Show entries and awards

    7. Champion Row (having one vs not) - nice, but not necessary
    9. Trophies (Trophys, Rosettes, Photograph vs Cash) - Prefer ribbons, rosettes, trophies. Cash is usually minimal and for folks who sell, the ribbons/trophies look great in pics
    8. Entry Fees - Everybody has to pay them. A couple of bucks per bird is NOT too much!!
    3. Paying a small show fee ($2.00 to help club defray cost of set up and tear down) - Yes...don't mind at all
    4. Capping of number of entries (If you enter late, your entry might be returned to you if the allotted coops are full) - Yes. First come, first serve and set a reasonable cap
    5. Capping number of sale coops per exhibitor - Sale coops should be in a different building or at least at the back of the main building. Folks should bring their own coops.
    6. Only allowing sale coops for those who exhibit - HMMMMM....perhaps limit sales coops for non-exhibitors to outside in the parking area
    11. Breed meet type, Special vs District vs State - LF vs. bantam ok...otherwise, don't care
    12. Junior Program - nice option for all the kids showing

    Extras

    16. Hot food - always nice, but if building is near restaurants, not necessary
    17. Seating for socializing - Great idea and definitely used this at a couple of shows.
    18. Lectures or talks - not so much
    14. A booth to photograph birds - I really love this!! I forgot to use it as the last show, but will definitely use it next time. This should be in the top 5 for me.
    19. Raffle and/or auction - nice
    20. Banquet - not necessary IMO; not always well attended; a bit stuffy...maybe a good ol' hoedown cookout the night before; nice and casual with plenty of alcohol [​IMG]
    15. Vendor Booths - YES...plenty...especially poultry supplies. Vendors bring items that are difficult to locate locally. This should also be in the top 10 for me.
     
  3. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    Building:
    Lighting I like lots o' lighing
    Flooring (cement vs. arena dirt)cement in the warmer months so the sandal wearers don't get dirt in their shoes, not so important when it's cold
    In one building or two adjacent buildingsI don't want to miss anything, so I like one building
    Double stacking vs aisle widthnot too important, but I don't like to see varieties split up. For example, one white Cochin in the next aisle when the rest of them are around the corner. It makes the displaced one seem like an afterthought.

    Show entries and Awards:
    Champion Row (having one vs not)I show Seramas, so I've never won. No opinions yet.
    Trophies (Trophys, Rosettes, Photograph vs Cash)see above. If I ever would win, I'd like ribbons over trophies, because they're easier to store/display.
    Entry Fees
    Paying a small show fee ($2.00 to help club defray cost of set up and tear down)be happy to help out in that respect
    Capping of number of entries (If you enter late, your entry might be returned to you if the allotted coops are full)I don't like late entries
    Capping number of sale coops per exhibitorI'd offer however many you have space for
    Only allowing sale coops for those who exhibitexhibitors only indoors in coops, everyone else gets outdoor "flea market" style space
    Breed meet type, Special vs District vs Statewill attract more competition/entries
    Junior Programseems to be the norm, but I don't see why the quality of birds should be different. If you don't have the resources for a jr. class, I think it would be an honor for kids to say they won in an open class!

    Extras:
    Hot food I usually bring my own snacks, but coffee is important!
    Seating for socializingleather sofas and ottomans would be appreciated, please [​IMG]
    Lectures or talksmaybe a genetics lecture for people interested on improving their flock
    A booth to photograph birdsI already have pics of my own birds, but I doubt if strangers will allow me to walk around with their entries
    Raffle and/or auction I always support raffles. You can count on me for $20 worth of tickets every time!
    Banquetas above, I bring my own food
    Vendor Boothslove 'em!
     
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  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Im new to showing, but here are my answers.


    Building:
    Lighting - Lots of lighting so you can actually see the birds clearly.
    Flooring (cement vs. arena dirt) Prefer Cement flooring
    In one building or two adjacent buildings Doesn't matter to me.
    Double stacking vs aisle width Double stacking is fine with me

    Show entries and Awards:
    Champion Row (having one vs not) nice to have all the birds in one spot so its easy to find the champions.
    Trophies (Trophys, Rosettes, Photograph vs Cash) Would prefer Trophys, Rossettes, and Ribbons. Photographs would be nice also. Cash is always nice, but I would rather have something like a ribbon or rosette that I can save.
    Entry Fees
    Paying a small show fee ($2.00 to help club defray cost of set up and tear down) That'd be fine with me.
    Capping of number of entries (If you enter late, your entry might be returned to you if the allotted coops are full) If your late and the coops are full, thats your problem for being late. Leave extra early [​IMG]
    Capping number of sale coops per exhibitor I like what catwalk said, exhibitors getting inside sale coops and non-exhibitors getting outside sale space.
    Only allowing sale coops for those who exhibit Not sure on this one.
    Breed meet type, Special vs District vs State Doesn't matter to me.
    Junior Program I think its a great option for the kids that are showing.

    Extras:
    Hot food I usually bring my own stuff or go out to a small diner or something during judging.
    Seating for socializing Doesn't matter to me. Standings fine.
    Lectures or talks Like that.
    A booth to photograph birds That would be great. I would love to have one of those at the shows I go to.
    Raffle and/or auction I think that's a great/fun thing to have.
    Banquet Don't care too much about that.
    Vendor Booths Love them. [​IMG]
     
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  5. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    I want to WIN!!!
     
  6. BayouPoules

    BayouPoules Chillin' With My Peeps

    all of the above,..

    and
    Clean bathrooms that work,..[​IMG]

    edited for clarity
     
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  7. Ryu

    Ryu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks eveyone, this is really helping.

    Bathrooms are important too...

    Anthing else any one this of is great.
     
  8. sred98

    sred98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Building:
    Lighting- good lighting is a must!
    Flooring (cement vs. arena dirt) - I've shown on both, and I agree that concrete is nice in the summer! LOL!
    In one building or two adjacent buildings - I think one building, just for convenience!
    Double stacking vs aisle width - I prefer single stacked, sometimes the smaller birds get lost if they are on bottom. Overall, it doesn't really matter, and isn't feasible for a large show.

    Show entries and Awards:
    Champion Row (having one vs not) - ehh...don't really care about that. The judges around here move them around if they want to.
    Trophies (Trophys, Rosettes, Photograph vs Cash)-our shows do ribbons and cash, trophies and plaques in lieu of cash. Great for the adults, but my kids want cash and ribbons! LOL!
    Entry Fees
    Paying a small show fee ($2.00 to help club defray cost of set up and tear down)-the free fairs are nice, but a small fee is fine!
    Capping of number of entries (If you enter late, your entry might be returned to you if the allotted coops are full)-definitely!
    Capping number of sale coops per exhibitor - I think if they are selling, they should bring their own cages. Maybe have a sale area, like someone else mentioned. Or, if the show birds are for sale, maybe have a special tag stating that?
    Only allowing sale coops for those who exhibit - If they are selling, they should provide their own cages.
    Breed meet type, Special vs District vs State - It would depend on what hoops you would have to jump through to be qualified for the different types.
    Junior Program-definitely! Our Jrs aren't DQ if their birds aren't great. The judges take the time to talk with them about their breeds and tell them good and bad things to look for in their birds.

    Extras:
    Hot food- nice!
    Seating for socializing - great idea!
    Lectures or talks - I would worry about this cutting into the overhead. If you can get someone for free...?
    A booth to photograph birds - that would be great
    Raffle and/or auction - ours does both.
    Banquet - I agree that a banquet might be too formal, but a cookout or chili night might be good.
    Vendor Booths - definitely!

    I agree on the bathrooms!

    Great ideas!

    Shelly
     
  9. birdsNbeesNseeds

    birdsNbeesNseeds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I go to a chicken show, I just want to see a lot of chickens. No sick ones.

    Good bathrooms are nice too.
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I agree on that. I think that each bird should be looked at before being allowed into the show hall. Any sign of sickness or mites/lice and the bird should be dq'd and not allowed in the buildings.
     

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