RECENTLY, I WAS invited to Mid Essex Budgerigar Society’s open show and, with it being not too far a drive from where I live, I accepted without hesitation.
Come show day, and about two hours in to judging, I watched the club’s Ricky Anderson (the newest recruit to the show committee) walk up and down the aisles of staging with his mobile phone never out of his hand. Had he discovered a Pokemon Go gym hidden in the Bicknacre Memorial Hall? (A gym in the Pokemon Go game is a battle arena and once you have claimed it, you need to defend it against attacks from other Pokemon Go users – it’s addictive, so I’m told.)
But no. Ricky had taken the initiative, as promotional secretary, to launch the club’s own Instagram account on the day (as reported in last week’s issue) and was dominating social media followers’ newsfeeds with pictures, videos and status updates.
The energy Ricky put in to making the online presence strong was shared by all of the show committee team, who each in their own particular way applied modern twists to the running of the day.
The online raffle was displayed at the venue in a clever hand-made stand specifically created for the show; winning exhibitors had a ‘photoshoot’ in front of a professionally printed sponsorship banner; and silver bottles of fizz (to represent the silver patronage show) were embellished with the club’s logo and awarded to all section winners and the winner of best pair. (I ended up with an embellished bottle, and a gardening book, too – thanks guys!)
It was a success and, not wishing to miss out on the moment, the club’s show committee has already started firing ideas – innovative ideas – for 2017 to C&AB, companies and friends of the club.
Recruitment of show advertising and support for its second online raffle has began. And the club has announced this will be a bird-only affair. Top fanciers who wish to pledge a bird donation for 2017 should call Graham Paine on 07836 216 145.
■ Good luck to all those exhibiting at the BS Club Show this weekend. See you there! Rob will be back in two weeks.
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