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High hopes for entry increase at the 'show of shows'

IMG 0598WITH JUST UNDER a week before entries close for this year’s Budgerigar Society (BS) Club Show, officials are hoping for its highest entry in recent years.

Exhibitors at the Dome in Doncaster, on September 30 and October 1, can expect a number of incentives, including commemorative teaspoons showing the colour and year of ring-issue (blue for 2017) for those who bench eight cages or more (excluding sales).

Further prizes include £200 for greywings from Dr Bob Travnicek and his wife; and anyone benching 15 cages or more (excluding sales) will receive a £7.50 voucher towards any BS product or subscription.

BS administrator Grant Findlay said: “There will be plentiful trade stands for members to stock up for the forthcoming breeding season or renew subs, an educational seminar, prize raffles and the auction of birds and goods.”

Judges this year include Richard Miller, Phil Reaney, Harry Hockaday and Frank Nietgen from Germany.

Geoff Corser will be judging dark-factor blues and recessive pieds. He told C&AB what he’d be looking for: “I will be focusing on feather more than anything. They are growing longer each year, as fanciers try to breed bigger-looking birds. I’m also looking for good presentation, tight feathers and birds in tip top condition.”

The BS is also launching a special offer at the Club Show to encourage fanciers to sign up. All new BS members from October 1, 2017, will receive membership for the remainder of this year, all of 2018 and all of 2019 for the price of one year’s membership.

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