We recently participated in a Gem and Mineral show.....the California Federation show which was held at the Fairgrounds in Paso Robles, CA. Ostensibly, this is THE major show of the year for the state.
Hi Ron. You left out one other possible reason for non-attendance at
the show. Some of us have BEEN to the Paso Robles Fairgrounds in the
summer and NEVER want to repeat the experience because of the heat.
I deliberately made a “no go” decision based on that single factor.
Even the millionaires on the surrounding ranchettes and vineyards
probably prefer the comfort of their own air conditioning and don’t
go slogging around like mad dogs and Englishmen in the noonday sun.
Your point about show publicity is well-taken. Gem clubs often allow
"seniority," individual egos and cliques to dominate their public
behavior. I recall a few years ago I tried to become involved with a
certain (unnamed) club that was sponsoring a big show. Since I spent
a big part of my life as a feature writer and professional publicist,
I offered my services. “No thanks,” was the essential response from
members of the publicity committee. Publicity for the show was
awful, and so was attendance. Maybe my involvement would have made
no difference, but it sure seems to me the publicity missed some
natural “angles” that should have been pitched to local news editors
and TV assignment desks.