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[Killietalk] Re: How Important
A few random thoughts:
Shows are not a vital thing when they do not represent a heirarchial
system as for "breeding better pigs."
Winning a trophy or recognition as a superior fish keeper is nice, but
plays a much less significant role than at dog or cat shows, where
actually selecting to change the animals to approach a theoretical
standard is the aim.
I think an entrant should be able to get his fish back if desired. Entry
fee might be adjusted to help cover return mailing. [$6 entry fee, but
waived for any fish donated for auction, for example.]
I think any other entrant should share in the auction proceeds -- not
less than half of what his/her fish brings in! Half the per-fish income
from 1000 entries would be better than 100% from 300. No?
Tanking one's own fish should always be permitted. Pre-announcement of
the local water properties (KH, GH, pH, tds) could help an entrant to
know what to bring. Settling in 1200-1500 entries as at a big Betta show
is a strain on the host volunteers, but killifolk are great at pitching
in and making it work smoothly.
I believe most are attracted to convention first by the attendees and
speakers they can schmooze with, second by the auction, and third by
other sales tables and "stuff" for sale. Raffles, collecting trips and
side excursions can all add to the fun (and boost the schmooze factor).
Any change in the rules should keep that first item foremost. How do we
attract the best in the hobby? Most of the rest will follow.
Just my US$0.02.
Wright Huntley - Rt. 001 Box K36, Bishop CA 93514 - whuntley at verizon_net
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