2024 Spring Show Just Two Weeks Away

Our Spring Show, March 7–10, is only two weeks away. The show takes place on Saturday and Sunday, March 9–10, and setup begins Thursday, March 7, at 5pm and continues through Friday. Heavy setup must be completed by 10 am on Friday.

We need help with many of the activities. The event is a great way for new members to learn about the show, meet other members, and get acquainted with the judging process. Everyone is encouraged to volunteer.

Exhibits and Setup

The show committee would like to have more individual table-top exhibits this year. This year’s trophies include an additional $25 cash award, thanks to the contribution from the Southwest Regional Orchid Growers Association (SWROGA). That’s an extra incentive to show your plants in an exhibit. Many flower classes and exhibit categories often have few entries, which means you could win tens of dollars with just a little bit of effort!

If you are interested in setting up a table-top exhibit, please contact Holly Miller before February 17. It is fun, easy, and very rewarding. If you don’t want to put in a complete exhibit, you can display your plants in the HOS exhibit.

Help During Setup

We need a leader and team members to manage the plants for the HOS exhibit. Duties include looking up plant names on the computers, helping with plant tags, and writing labels for plants that are placed in the HOS exhibit. We need four to five volunteers for Thursday night and Friday morning.

Help During Judging on Friday Evening

We need at least a dozen folks to assist the judging teams in handing out ribbons and trophies in all the judging categories. This role is called “clerking.” Clerking is a very fun job, as you are right in the middle of all the action! Please let Jay know if you can serve as a clerk.

Help During the Show on Saturday and Sunday

Finally, we need volunteers to staff the HOS/AOS table during show hours. Patrons often have questions about general orchid care or about the local society, and volunteers here can help answer those questions. We will not have a formal signup for this but would appreciate anyone who is able to spend an hour or two at the table. We always try to have at least two people at the table.

Sarah Bentley and Arthur Clark are coordinating the staffing for these tables, so please let them know if you are interested in helping with this activity.

Our members have generously filled all the roles described above for many decades. You have never let us down. Thank you all for your support!

—Holly Miller (email) and Jay Balchan (email)

2024 Show Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 7
  • Vendor and exhibit setup
  • HOS meeting at the mall to help with setup
  • Pizza served at 6:30pm
  • Plant registration
Friday, March 8
8am–4pm Vendor and exhibit setup
10am Heavy setup to be completed
10am–4pm Plant registration
4pm Deadline for plant registration
5pm Judges’ dinner at Ciro’s
6:30pm Ribbon and AOS judging
Saturday, March 9
10am–5pm Exhibits and plant sales
Sunday, March 10
11am–4pm Exhibits and plant sales
4pm Dismantle and cleanup

2024 Vendors

In addition to orchids, vendors will offer tropicals and aroids.

  • Bonsai Orchids
  • Cedarwood Orchids and Ornamentals
  • Orchid Express & Leasing
  • Orchids & Tropicals
  • Spring Orchids
  • Wuhoo Tropicals