JULY – AUGUST 2014
The 48th Annual Barbed Wire Festival in La Crosse, Kansas on May 1st, 2nd and 3rd was really a great show. They always have a lot to do and some special fun things. Everyone had a great time. Brad Penka, Patricia Duffy and all the other helpers do an outstanding job. Also Mike McCafferty does a lot to help make the show a big success. They always have one of the best award banquets and entertainment.
La Crosse’s theme this year was “We Will Rock You”, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Post Rock Museum, where it all began. The banquet was a candlelight banquet and the hosts and hostesses were formal and very elegant.
Our New Mexico Show (July 17th, 18th & 19th) is just around the corner. As of now, we have 69 tables reserved. There will be a lot of “BEARS” (our theme) on hand and the walls will be lined with displays. There is some good food scheduled, a great play at the Shuler Theater and some shopping downtown.
Our schedule of events will start off with a Trails End get together at K-Bobs Steakhouse at 6:00 on Thursday (17th) and we will order from the menu (10% discount).
Each day there will be coffee and donuts available in the mornings. Lunch will be available each day at the show site as well as the evening meals.
Setup of displays and tables will be Friday morning starting at 7:30. The show will be open to the public from 9:00 top 4:30. We have a meal scheduled at the show site about 5:00 and after that, we are all welcome to go the the Shuler Theater for a play. ($10.00 per person)
On Saturday the show will be from 8:00 to 3:00. The live auction will be at 3:00 and there will be plenty of time to load your collections after that, before the awards banquet at the show site soon after 6:00.
If anyone has any questions, just give me a call at 575-758-3487 or my cell is 505-690-5010.
Hope you all have made your Motel reservations. Don’t know how many rooms the Microtel has left (575-445-9100).
See you all soon and have a safe trip.
MAY – JUNE 2014
The second show of the season is behind us and it was a good one. The Texas people, Danny Wright and family, Ruth and Delbert Trew and Zack and Carolyn Herring, were all responsible for a nice show. It was a small show with a fair amount of walk thru traffic. The big fun thing was their theme, “Surprise”, and there was swapping of the surprise boxes going on all the time. It was a nice idea for a theme. There were some real funny and good items in the boxes and some good laughs when they were opened at the banquet.
We want to congratulate all the award winners and especially the Best of Show, women, which was won by Barbara Channell. She had a great display of dishes. Men’s Best of Show went to Bob Chamblee for his display and video of salesman samples of different types of gates.
The awards banquet was extra great and the steaks were sure good. The trip and get together in Wheeler was a good choice for a trails end get together and we all had a nice meal and visit.
We’re off to the Kansas show in La Crosse next week. They have put together a fun show and always plan a lot of things that are enjoyed by everyone.
Our New Mexico show is on the 18th and 19th of July and it is looking like there will be a lot of people attending. We’re lined up for some good eating and fun. Remember the theme is “BEARS” so bring a display for your table.
Our tentative schedule is as follows:
Thursday–Trail ends get together at K-Bob’s steakhouse at 6:00. Order from the menu (10% discount).
Friday–Set Up 7:30-9:00–Show open to the public 9:00-4:30–meal (5:00) at the show site followed by going to the Shuler Theater for a play at 7:00.
Saturday–Show open from 8:00-3:00–auction at 3:00–awards banquet at show site at 6:00.
Lunch will be available both days at the show site. Coffee and donuts in the AM.
Any questions just give a call and don’t forget to make your Motel Reservations (Microtel–575-445-9100–We have a block of rooms set aside, downstairs, and
mention Jerry Boxberger–barbed wire show, for the room rate.
MARCH – APRIL 2014
JANUARY – FEBRUARY 2014
NMBWCA SHOW REPORT
July 19-20, 2013
by Nancy Sowle
The weekend activities began Thursday when collectors from 12 different states invaded Moriarty. The recently remodeled Comfort Inn was the host hotel with more than 20 rooms booked.
About 50 hungry travelers packed a restaurant’s private dining room for the evening meal. Collectors from California, Arizona, Utah, Texas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Georgia, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire and New Mexico enjoyed the good food as well as some lively conversation.
Friday morning, exuberant collectors staked their claims, setting up self-standing displays as well as some table top exhibits…some for ‘display only’ but some for sale or trade.
Friday evening found 60+ people at Dan & Nancy Sowle’s home where the show participants enjoyed some New Mexico cuisine prepared and served by a local caterer. This year’s show theme was “MAGIC” so can you guess what the evening’s entertainment was? Yep, a Magic Show with a professional magician from Albuquerque. The hour long performance was fun and, well what else, magical! A handful of children attended and they are still trying to figure out some of those card tricks or how to take several torn pieces of paper become one solid piece of paper. It’s magic!!
Saturday was abuzz with local traffic coming and going…..barbed wire collectors buying and selling….people visiting, telling stories, laughing, all having a good time. At 3:00, the live auction was in progress with auctioneer team of Boxberger & Sowle rapidly selling the donated items.
The awards banquet began at 6:00 with another excellent meal by yet another caterer. The dining tables were decorated with black magician hats, complete with rabbits and magic wands. A small souvenir package of Magic Bubble Bath (pinto beans) was placed at each table setting.
Thirty six award certificates were presented to the winners who entered their displays for judging. Best of Show recipients were Ruth Trew in the ladies division and Jerry Thornton in the men’s division. Congratulations to all the winners.
On behalf of the NMBWCA, I thank each of you for attending the show and helping to make it one of the best. We couldn’t have a show without you.
SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2013
There is one more Show to go and then the Symposium. We are looking forward to the Colorado Show on September 13th and 14h and then the Symposium on October 10th, 11th and 12th. That is where a lot is discussed about the past year and ideas for the next year. The pricing Committees do a lot of work and we thank them in advance.
Our New Mexico Show was a big success in July and a fun time was had by all. It was great to see such a big turnout and thanks to everyone for coming. Nancy Sowle will write a detailed article about our Show.
RATON, HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!!!!! A decision has been made for our 2014 New Mexico Show. It will be in Raton again on July 18th and 19th. The City is happy to have us back. The same caterer (good banquet steaks) is still there. We have reserved a block of 20 rooms at the Microtel Inn (575-445-9100) at a rate of $62.99 plus tax. All rooms are double queen, downstairs and non smoking. If you want to reserve a room, when you call they are listed under JERRY BOXBERGER–BARBED WIRE SHOW. Angel is the person that knows about the reservations for the rooms, if she is available when you call.
Hope everyone has had a great Summer.
See you down the collecting road.
The New Mexico Barbed Wire Collectors show in Moriarty, NM on July 19 & 20, 2013 was a huge success. We thank our many collector friends for attending and making this show their favorite of the year. Here are some highlights.
Ruth Trew Won Best of Show, Women’s, and
Jerry Thornton Won Best of Show, Men’s.
Send Rain. We’re about to dry up and blow away. Sure feel sorry for all the people that have lost their home’s in the recent fires. That one fire in Colorado claimed over 500 home’s. New Mexico still has a couple burning out of control. The West is burning up and there is flooding in the East. Our lakes sure could use some of that excess water. Also all those tornado’s in the Mid-West were terrible.
We really had a good time at the Super Show in La Crosse, KS. They put on a great show and Brad Penka and his many helpers always have an extra fun skit of some type at the banquet. They always have some good food and we all had a great time. The show was a big one and some nice displays, especially by the ladies. All the geocachers enjoyed the hides that Patricia Duffy put out around town. She always does a great job helping with everything at the show. Mike McCafferty is always in there helping also. It was one SUPER SHOW.
Our New Mexico show, July 19th and 20th, is just around the corner and looks like there will be a lot of collectors attending. There are some fun things lined up and good food also. Remember this years theme is MAGIC.
We all sure lost a great friend and collector recently with the passing of Billie Thornton. Most of us that have known him for many years can tell some great stories that he has told and he will always be remembered in the collecting world.
That is about it for this time. Hope to see you all in New Mexico.