Mike and I are just back in from a judging trip to Morganton, NC at the Friendship Show. I always enjoy our trips to the South as they are some of the most friendly and polite folks in the land.
I had a great day talking and judging birds and there were some mighty nice ones there. Pleasure having Wil Hadley as my clerk and he will make a good judge someday.
Thanks to Jimmy Sorrels and Keith Proctor for a smooth well run show. We even got booked for their 2025 Winter Show!
It’s been a crazy busy fall so far as we have been out most weekends since Labor Day and it won’t stop till the end of January.
We took next weekend off to go down and help with the setup of the Ohio National. This is going to be something special for sure and glad we can be a part of it. Several records will be broken. 5000 bantams, 1200 bantam ducks makes it the largest ABA District meet ever and larger than most ABA Nationals. The Junior Numbers make it the largest Junior show ever held. They have gave over 1000 Large Ducks and 300 Geese and combined with the bantam ducks possibly the largest waterfowl show ever.
I went to my first Ohio National in 1972 and have been to all but a couple since then. The big ones are so overwhelming you have to pick and choose the things you want to see. Clell Agler told me they will be using every inch of 150,000 square feet of the two buildings. The sale area will be something to see and the vendor and breed club areas will be amazing.
After The Ohio National, Mike and I are headed to Virginia to judge. Have not been that way since the Tommy Stanley days so looking forward to checking it out.
I took the Thanksgiving weekend off but Mike is heading to Dalton, Ga to judge. We then head to the Dixie Classic in Knoxville to finally get to show a few. After that, it is out to the ABA National in Shawnee, OK. The next week is the Top of Ohio Pigeon Show on Sidney, Ohio.
Busy fall for sure and hope to see everyone somewhere in our travels.