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69th SVRG Show Report
On Friday for set up it was a little rainy, but once the tables were set up and the trailer unloaded we were inside working. Set up was done by noon and pizza was served for lunch and enjoyed by members and dealers. I hung out till 6PM when the last dealer got set up.
There was a last minute change concerning the snack bar. Sammies Kids had to back out, so Joe, the Vets hall care taker, took over running it. Hopefully Sammies Kids will be back next year. We brought back the silent auction this year and thanks go out to Jimmy and Libby Martinez, John Wills, and Marsha Shebley for running the auction and donating a lot of rock along with Jeannie Nelson and me.
Overall attendance was better than last year. We had 415 guests Saturday and 321 on Sunday which was rainy. We tried to do a better job of advertising and maybe it worked! The dealers and guests reported to me they were happy with the show. Our treasurer reported a big increase in revenue over last year and we need it to keep the club funded. A big thanks goes out to you who worked at the show including our friends from the Carmel Valley club. We will return the favor in September at their show.
I’ve gotten some good feedback for improvements for next year’s 70th show. One idea the show committee is already considering is requiring people to show registration for their service dogs and place that on our advertising in advance. We need more space for the silent auction and we may move it up on the stage. Also the Vets hall needs to get the two drinking fountains fixed.
On a side note, at the show, former club member Debbie Lyle surprised me with a huge donation. She told me she is moving to Arizona soon and did not want to move her big rock saw and wondered if the club would like it. I said “sure”, thinking old equipment still works or can be fixed. When I went to pick it up with my trailer I was surprised again, as it is in like brand new condition with all the bells and whistles! Our Chi is good!
2016 Show Chairman
Gary “Gem Bone” Beck