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.
America Through the Years’
Springville, California was the venue for the 2013 California Barbed Wire Collector’s Show, March 22-23. In addition to the California collectors, attendees came from Arizona, Colorado, Idaho and New Mexico. The ‘America Through the Years’ theme was well carried out among the displays and sales tables as well as on placemats at the awards banquet. Walk through traffic was pleasantly surprised at the various collections and amazed at the quantity of patented wire since most people think there was only one kind of wire manufactured.
Ed & Linda Clark welcomed the collectors into their beautiful home on Thursday evening, showcasing their museum quality collections along with a wonderfully delicious meal. Thanks so much, Ed & Linda.
The awards banquet was held Saturday evening with the meal being catered by Dan, a friend of the Clark’s. Talk about delicious food!! It was AMAZING and we thank Dan, who willingly shared some of his recipes with the gals. Everyone who attended the banquet, was given a bag of goodies, consisting of California products such as small jars of honey, balsamic vinegars, stuffed olives, pistachio nuts, yogurt covered raisins, chocolate covered raisins and a bottle of wine.
The Springville and Porterville areas were beautiful with blooming wildflowers in abundance and green grass everywhere, something many of us are not used to, especially this time of year. The Best Western Hotel staff in Porterville was very cordial and helpful to the group of collectors.
A big thank you to the California club, especially to Ed & Linda but also to Mark & Linda Nelson, for a great and memorable weekend.
As a personal side note on Sunday, Fred & Wrennee Reynolds and Dan and I drove up into the Sequoia National Park, hoping to see some of the famous Redwood trees. About 12 miles in, the park was closed due to snow but we did see some v-e-r-y large trees. The next day, we enjoyed our drive through Death Valley, another beautiful area where, at one point, we were 282 feet below sea level. Imagine that! WOW! Very impressive.
Submitted by Nancy Sowle
Award for Most Miles Traveled presented to Clinton & Vickie Schlepp by Show Chairman, Ed Clark
On or about April 12 – 13, 2013, the following wires were stolen from a mail box in Kalispell, Montana.
1262 B Hepp Loop and Staple
1371 B Durand 6 Point Star
1400 B Delf’s Torn Leaf
These are very noticeable wires. If they appear or are offered for sale anywhere, please contact any Officer or Director of the Antique Barbed Wire Society.