In from FOHBC member Greg Dean from Down Under…
Hope all is well with you stateside. Thought I’d share a few images for the Federation Web from one of the bigger bottle shows in Australia staged last weekend. Caloundra is located in south-eastern Queensland which geographically is near the lower end of “The Great Barrier Reef”. It’s a lot like Florida and folks here do love to come and look at a show. The show content is little different here with a high number of displays. There was 1,200 feet of swap and sell with a large concentration of antiques and collectables dealers. All up, almost 3,100 people came through the doors and the hosting club were able to donate $5,000 to be resident helicopter rescue charity.
I took over 100 photos of the event and selected a group that may be of interest to those in the US. I’ll let you judge. There are a couple of lid displays that would be good for the pot lid section.
Forgot to mention that the 2013 Australian National will be hosted by this club and venue. This particular bottle club is pretty innovative. It’s the second time I’ve seen here a club rent an ATM to help support the vast number of folks paying for swap and sell. These aren’t expensive for two days and definitely made a difference! Not sure how many times they filled it up however on day one it dispensed north of 30 K. I use to attend Baltimore quite regularly and wished there was one of these there. Anyway just an obscurity.