Friday, October 11, 2019

Friday favorites

The Jennifer Show was an expensive proposition.
The show hall was big, beautiful and expensive.
photo by Beth McCarley
The prizes were handmade, gorgeous and expensive.
photo by Andrea Brygidyr
The goody bags were fun, funky and expensive.
The food was plentiful, tasty and, yes, expensive.
photo by Beth McCarley
Jenn and I love the model horse hobby, but we also love paying our mortgages. Since neither of us was interested in going into debt to fund a model horse show, we charged an entry fee that was commensurate with our expenses.

I'm not going to lie, that entry fee was expensive.

Most of our entrants were fine with that. They understood that things cost what they cost, and besides, a hundred and twenty five dollars is small potatoes compared to the other expenses associated with interstate/international travel.

It was a little different with some of our locals. A couple people were offended by the show's price tag, and one of them felt the need to trash our "overpriced, over-hyped show" on Instagram. That was... memorable. Fortunately, it wasn't a widespread sentiment. Most of the Colorado hobby community is really great. 

"I can't afford to show this year," one friend told me. "but I want to be a part of the show. Do you have a job for me?"

"I don't own anything that would be competitive," said another. "Is there anything I can help you with?"

"I only collect OF's," explained a third, "but I'd love to volunteer on show day."

These local, non-showing hobbyists are today's Friday Favorites. 
In the days before the show, Angelo Zunic helped me with multiple Costco shopping trips and talked me off the ledge at least twice.
Regan O'Keefe kept the entire show hall fed and hydrated, and even went shopping for us when our beverage supply started to run low.
photo by Beth McCarley
Vicky Kitzman and Dana D'Ippolito helped with the raffle on Saturday and took it over entirely on Sunday when it was clear they were better at it than either Jenn and I.
photo by Beth McCarley
Beth McCarley spent most of Sunday taking professional quality photos for us. 
photo by Jennifer Scott
Thank you so much, Angelo, Regan, Vicky, Dana and Beth. You may not have shown any horses, but you were an important part of this year's Jennifer Show. I can't imagine how we'd have done it without you!


  1. It's been a really long time since I participated in a live show so the cost does seem kind of high, but I don't know what the going rate is nowadays. Still, no matter if it seems high or not, it's unnecessary and rude to complain about it on social media. If "you" don't like the cost, don't attend. Simple. It was nice that you had people willing to help out if they weren't able to show themselves.

  2. I'm glad you said you think it's expensive. If you were insisting it wasn't, that would be...questionable. But yes. It's a big show with lots of extra stuff. Ofc it should cost more than a small one. I suppose these people have never organised any venue hire, etc. themselves and don't realise how eyewateringly expensive even a small hall can be!

    Congrats on finding good helpers!