Omg! What an absolute success our Annual Gala was!! I am still blown away by how amazing the day way. So many new people enjoying their shared love for rats and mice. So what happened on the day? Well keep reading to find out!
Well the day started for me by getting up at the ungodly hour of 6am! Krystine and I were not happy by this but we put on our big girl pants (well dresses really) got ready and headed off to the Finnish Hall. Krystine and I got there bright and early to start the set up of the hall, along with many of the other committee members. Our plan was to have all the tables set up before everyone arrived. With so many exhibitors showing and many tables needed to be set up according to our seating plan.
Stephanie from Blazing Tails Rodentry bought along cute little helper by the name of Clover who was more than happy to help us with table cloths and the "don't poke your fingers in cage bar" signs. (Which I managed to break 2 of. but oh well!). All too quickly people started to arriving and I realised we were going to be short on tables. So a few people had to squish and share on a single table and I am so thankful they were so willing to make new friends!
Once we got tables sorted it was time for judges to get to work. Tenille and Sandy were busy judging the 75 rats in varieties and confirmation. Lincoln was judging 93 pet rats and mice. and Caitlin was busy judging 164 mice in varieties with the help of Mixy judging confirmation. So many animal it was amazing!! Thank you to our judges.
I had fun going live again in our Facebook group to give those who couldn't make it a chance to see how amazing the turn out was! After my live video I spent the rest of the day doing the scoring and writing of certificates. I am very proud of the fact that I went away with a few awards including Best Display and Best Breeders Group!
We are a few activities happening on the day to help raise money for the club. Rachel set up a set of canvas's for us to do some painting with out rats. The members of both Queensland Rodent Fanciers and New South Wales Fancy Rodent Society both got a canvas each and the third canvas was put up for auction for someone to win! Tenille was the lucky winner of the third canvas. So each of the clubs and Tenille get to remember this event forever with many rat and mouse footprints!
Tenille also put a lot of hard work into our raffle prizes. Many items were donated by various people and there was a first, second and third prize for both rat and mouse. The raffle was a huge success and the prizes were even won by a few of our new show goers! YAY!
It was so amazing that the some of the members from the New South Wales Fancy Rodent Society were able to join us. We had Kath from Minion Mousery, Jodi from Cyclone Mousery, Sandra from Lucy Lou Rattery and Stephanie from Blazing Tails Rodentry. They all made the long trip from their homes in NSW to join us for the day. They even got to take many awards away with them. I cant wait to see them again and I am so glad they came.
Once the judging was done, the awards handed out and the hall packed up it was time to head home. Or at least we thought it was. Tenille had decided she was holding an After Gala Party so we all headed back to her place for a wind down and catch up for a while until it was time for bed as the NSW gang had a long drive ahead of them.
All in all the day was amazing and personally the biggest and best show I have attended in all the time I have been showing. Going to have to work hard to top it but I look forward to the challenge.
Our next show is the 21st of October with a Halloween/Apocalypse theme and I really hope all our new show goers (the ones that didnt travel from NSW) can make it!
In the mean time. Thanks again for an amazing day!
Little Mischief Rattery