1997 Show Season Overview
by Gary Tom

First published in the PAS newsletter volume 5, number 1, January 1998.

Our season opener was in Sacramento, California. It was much warmer this year than last year. It started out with a bang for me. As I had hoped for, my first Best-in-Show! The first everything means the most: The first class ribbon, the first piece of crystal, the first rosette, the first top six placement, and The First Best-in-Show! C508-97 will forever be remembered as the first bird to bring a tear to my eyes! The competition at this first show was quite good. I was pleasantly surprised to hear few "no song."

Judge Sally Kemerer was great as a judge and great fun to visit with, sharing with us her American Singer expertise and adventures. She thought the entry of over 60 birds was going to be a cinch to judge but found herself embattled in the quest for her top birds of the day remarking: "It was very difficult." If you missed this show, you missed out! Sally was our shining star.

At our own double-header on November 15, 1997 in Salinas, California, we found ourselves fretting a bit (okay, a lot!) before hand. We called members to make sure we would have a showing and by the eve of the show we were blown away to discover that we had over 100 birds!! We must have really paid our dues worrying all week beforehand.

The El Dorado Motel was an ideal location for us and I hope they'll allow us to hold our show there again in 1998. Thanks to Joe Borg who made the arrangements. This show was a success on many fronts but where it meant the absolute most was in terms of camaraderie and fellowship. The club members were all working together to keep things moving along. Many of us actually got to interact and get to know one another more intimately. Yes it was a show but it also was an exercise in working together and making a success of something new and untried. We really should give it up for ourselves over this one! Congratulations one and all!

This show was also my first judging assignment and aside from sitting on the threshold of the "powder room" to properly distance myself, I really enjoyed it. I tended to softer song more slowly delivered and was left breathless by the rendition of Rod Lowe's B626-97. Truly lovely, low tone, easily and deliberately delivered. This bird also had in its repertoire two wild bird notes and his tone was so remarkable that his rolls and bells were clear and resonant. Needless to say he easily distinguished himself and was clearly my first Best-in-Show. (continued on next page) Thanksgiving came and went and Saturday November 29, 1997 was our last show of the season in Santa Clara, California judged by Jerry Hosten. Once again we had over 100 birds. It was an especially difficult show because this was my club's (SCVCEBC) annual show. We were under pressure to help, help, help. Bake, donate, sell, set-up, break down, clean, attend, on and on. Of course, it had to rain after the banquet while I was trying to drive home. I can safely say now that I had never driven in those conditions before.

The day's winners included some strong contenders from previous shows as well as some surprises. Marge Saarni was the lucky winner of the trio of birds donated generously to PAS by Sally Kemerer. All proceeds from this raffle helped greatly to replenish and nourish our treasury.

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