Winter Show Nov. 16 - 18, 2007 - Show Report
The Vancouver Poultry & Fancy Pigeon Association hosted its’ annual Winter Show, Nov. 16-18, 2007 at the Abbotsford fairgrounds.
The show began Friday evening with an exhibitors’ reception, sponsored by Compass Cladding and hosted by Ken & Elaine Chatwin. Many thanks to Compass Cladding for sponsoring this reception, as I know the exhibitors and guests enjoy the goodies, especially Ken’s smoked salmon.
Saturday was the day for the show, as judging began at 10:00 AM, and was completed in time for our awards dinner that evening. Bob Sutherland and George Van Vliet graciously accepted our judging requests. Both Bob and George are experienced and well respected local judges, and we thank them for their time.
The show was a buzz of activity on Saturday, as we also had Mountain Pacific Racing Homer Society host their annual racing homer show. There was also a lot of attention paid to our show raffle, with many exhibitors leaving happy with their winnings, while the losers graciously accepted their losses, knowing that their donations to the raffle helped with our show expenses.
The number of entries and exhibitors were down somewhat this, but you could not tell from the attendance on Saturday. I believe that our website and monthly newsletters, available to all fanciers, contributed to our success this year.
I would be remiss if I did not thank Ken Chatwin, our property manager, for organizing our show setup and tear-down. Ken also supplies his forklift, courtesy of Compass Cladding, which helps in loading and unloading our trailer. Ken has provided his forklift for a number of years now, and I am sure he enjoys using this equipment (his toy), as it saves a lot of sore backs.
Many thanks to Ernie Silveri, who is constantly finding new sources of revenue and show sponsors, which helps us provide a quality and enjoyable show, year after year. Finally, thanks to Gary Owen for providing the pictures for the awards winners, and to all directors who helped me in my job as show secretary this year.
Keith Biggs, Show Secretary