A funny thing happened on the way to the show…

December 26, 2018
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Happy holidays. I am working on a newsletter for the newly-formed Gloucester (VA) Daffodil Club. Along with the goal of encouraging our members to “paint Gloucester yellow,” we want to demystify the process of entering a daffodil show. I’d like to include—maybe on a regular basis—a feature entitled “A funny thing happened on the way to the show.”

Nearly everyone has a horror story of some mishap involving their entries. Some could be educational: the sun burned the unprotected orange cups in the backseat on the way to the show, etc,. Others could be entertaining and unavoidable: the motel fridge froze the entries, a traffic mishap ended up in smashed blooms, the dog slept on a prize specimen. I once snatched up the vase of discards, leaving many blue-ribbon candidates behind. And then there’s the time one of my daff friends spent hours filling out her entry cards beforehand…only to forget them.

I’d love your input for use in our newsletter–it is reassuring to the novice that even those more experienced can slip up now and then.

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3 Responses to A funny thing happened on the way to the show…

  1. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    December 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

    Nancy, what a fun idea! Can you include the email address you’d like these sent to? Meanwhile, I’ll post mine here and this could result in some fun entertainment on Daffnet if others post their stories here as well.

    One of the first shows I attended away from home was at Hernando, MS.  I forgot all my address labels. My dear friend Alice who had never been to a daffodil show before nor had experienced the phenomenon of people staging flowers late into the night, was kind enough to sit with me and write my name and address on all my entry cards.  That’s friendship!  Now I keep a kit ready to take to shows with all the items I’ll need including address labels.

  2. John Beck, Illinois
    December 29, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Thank you Nancy
    My usual mishap is that I fall asleep on my way to the show- I usually manage to get there at the entry deadline and can place but not groom 2 or three entries,
    at least twice I had a blue ribbon for something I never would have entered had I been awake. I have an even worse schedule now, but I may fly to a couple shows
    John Beck

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  3. Nancy Fuchs, Virginia
    December 30, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Loved your stories, they are exactly what I was looking for. If anyone wants to share an experience but fears Daffnet public shaming, my email is . Thanks again!