2004 Orchid Show

We had a lot of fun with our annual Orchid Show! Since it had turned out really well last year, our expectations were high, and we were not quite sure if we would be able to do as well this year. But everything went very well, and I think we can be very satisfied with the results.

On Friday April 2nd, we registered 168 plants from 33 exhibitors.
Both the Great Divide Orchid Society from Helena and the Billings Orchid Society were well represented, and we also had exhibitors who were not members of any orchid society.
On Saturday April 3rd, we held the ribbon show.
A good number of our members stood up early enough to start judging at 8:00am. It was a great learning experience, and gave us the opportunity to look really closely at the plants.
On Sunday April 4th, the six winners of the raffle were drawn.
This year's raffle prizes were a huge white phalaenopsis, a beautiful pink multifloral phalaenopsis, a gorgeous purple novelty phalaenopsis, a gem of an orchid quilt, an encyclopedia of orchid species, and some very pretty cards featuring painted orchids.
We were also very lucky to be able to host three vendors of orchid plants, and three vendors of orchid art.
Some Pictures:
Winning Plants

Katz-Thompson Orchids
of Belgrade, Charlie Spinelli's Greenhouse from Amsterdam and Bridger View Orchids, also from Belgrade, came with a nice assortment of blooming and non-blooming orchids. There was something for every taste and and interest.

Rose Toth
and Cheryl Farmer came with a series of beautiful orchid cards, and 
Will Henry
came with extraordinary pieces of blown glass orchids. All three are independent local artists. 

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