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Re: AIS: The Iris Show..Some Thoughts

My children love the competition!  I like to exhibit new seedlings.  George likes to talk to the public about iris.  Shows allow all of us to participate in the promotion and expansion of the iris world.  Yes, they do require a bit of work and cause a little bit of stress in our lives, however  IMHO they are also an essential part of the future of iris.
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There are those, myself included, who would as soon not take the time, hassle, and making holes in the garden that shows require, but we think it is the best way to educate the public.  Loving competition or loving shows for their own sake has nothing whatever to do with it.  I know, from the experience of our club, the benefits that have come from the shows, both in terms of good, new, enthusiastic members--quite a few of them--and in the number of people who show up at our sales/auctions because they found out about them from the literature we had available at the show. 
Arnold & Carol Koekkoek
38 7th Street, NE
Sioux Center, IA 51250
e-mail  koekkoek@mtcnet.net

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