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In Reply to: Re: No Show Judges posted by grizmt on February 18, 2011 at 15:59:50:
I think you're on the right track. I know it's disappointing to do all the right things to be selected to judge a contest and then not get to judge. But, "copping a 'tude" doesn't help anyone. There are lots of helpful and necessary jobs a judge could do in the judging tent if only one would go to a contest with an open mind and an attitude of "I'm here to help make this contest the best it can be." That includes judging, of course, but failing that, there's working the turn-in table, the grazing table, and several other jobs that are always helpful and appreciated.
Regarding this last point, at a contest last summer, there were too many judges to seat. There were two friends, new judges both, who traveled together to come and judge. They arrived on the late side and when they were told that the judging panel was full and seated, they were highly unhappy. To try to calm things down a bit, I offerred several other necessary tasks, like working the grazing table, that needed doing, but, no, they HAD to judge and were on the verge of storming off in a huff. Eventually, they reconsidered and DID work the grazing table. They did a great job (and I could see they were having a great time). After the contest was over and final cleanup was underway, they each were man enough to tell me that they had a great time and were glad I had talked them into staying...and, that they would do it again.
So, again, I suggest that judges should go to help make a contest the best it can be, no matter what the task. JMHO. Good Q'en On Ya'. John
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