Before I delve into the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest, I do know what picture and what award I got into the Iowa State Fair. It is my policy not to reveal the pictures I entered until after the State Fair is over, but your clue is don’t go all the way into the main room. Go almost into that room, then look to your left.
I think that the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest was a success this year. Not a smashing success, but I definitely feel like it is on greater footing now. A more solid foundation. In 2021 there were only 24 pictures entered. This year that number more than doubled to 61. Which is a good number, but I won’t be satisfied until that number hits triple digits. Until we outgrow KWBG and I’m forced to find a new location.
This is how the entries broke down.
+ BLACK & WHITE – 1 entry (I can’t put into word how this breaks my heart!)
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 3 entries
+ NATURE – 16 entries
+ PEOPLE – 5 entries
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 6 entries
+ TOTAL – 31 entries
+ BLACK & WHITE – 3 entries
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 1 entry
+ NATURE – 7 entries
+ PEOPLE – 1 entry
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 0 entries
+ TOTAL – 12 entries
+ BLACK & WHITE – 4 entries
+ HIDDEN TREASURES OF BOONE COUNTY – 1 entry
+ NATURE – 10 entries
+ PEOPLE – 1 entry
+ TRAINS, PLANES, AND AUTOMOBILES – 2 entries
TOTAL – 18 entries
Thank God for the Youth and teens that are holding down the BLACK & WHITE class. Once again the balance with the NATURE class was all out of whack, so next year I’m going to split them up into ANIMALS and PLANTS.
These are the winners:
Best of Show – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard
People’s Choice Award – “Just A Swingin'” – Daphne Harris
1st Place Adult Overall – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard
2nd Place Adult Overall – “The Art in Nature” – Angie DeWaard
3rd Place Overall – “La Vita Dolce” – Angie DeWaard
1st Place Teen Overall – “Edison Phonographs” – Emma Wiebold
2nd Place Teen Overall – “Happy Little Squirrel” – Simon Enabnit
3rd Place Teen Overall – “Cartwheel in the Creek” – Emma Wiebold
1st Place Youth Overall – “Light Shining on Tables” – Tommy Williams
2nd Place Youth Overall – “Fly” – Layla Gorshe
3rd Place Youth Overall – “Lake Sunset” – Reese Howie
1st Place Adult Nature – “Pismo Beach Beauty” – Angie DeWaard
2nd Place Adult Nature – “Libella pulchella” – Allison Kayser
3rd Place Adult Nature – “Lithobates castebeianus maculosus” – Allison Kayser
1st Place Adult People – “The Art in Nature” – Angie DeWaard
2nd Place Adult People – “Good Sports” – Angie DeWaard
3rd Place Adult People – “Persevere” – Jen Ensley
1st Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “La Vita Dolce” – Angie DeWaard
2nd Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Two Tracks” – Sally Kay Whitney
3rd Place Adult Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Spike Driving Contest” – Bea Upah
1st Place Adult Black & White – “Zebra Bark” – Angie DeWaard
1st Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Through the Wires in Pilot Mound” – Angie DeWaard
2nd Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Mill Creek Stone Arch” – Bea Upah
3rd Place Adult Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Sunset Over Boone” – Nicole Schecklman
1st Place Teen Nature – “Happy Little Squirrel” – Simon Enabnit
2nd Place Teen Nature – “Fence Post” – Emma Wiebold
3rd Place Teen Nature – “Garden Raider” – Simon Enabnit
1st Place Teen People – “Cartwheel in the Creek” – Emma Wiebold
1st Place Teen Hidden Treasures of Boone County – “Beautiful Garbage” – Simon Enabnit
1st Place Teen Black & White – “Edison Phonographs” – Emma Wiebold
2nd Place Teen Black & White – “Rosie the Pug” – Emma Wiebold
3rd Place Teen Black & White – “Old Tree in Pasture” – Emma Wiebold
1st Place Youth Nature – “Lake Sunset” – Reese Howie
2nd Place Youth Nature – “The Cone” – Kayelee Burns
3rd Place Youth Nature – “Black Lab Smelling Flowers” – Tommy Williams
1st Place Youth People – “Grass” – Evie Gorshe
1st Place Youth Hidden Treasures of Boone County -“Kate Shelley Museum” – Kayelee Burns
1st Place Youth Trains, Planes, and Automobiles – “Fly” – Layla Gorshe
2nd Place Youth Trains, Planes and Automobiles – “Steam Engine” – Kayelee Burns
1st Place Youth Black & White – “Light Shining on Tables” – Tommy Williams
2nd Place Youth Black & White – “Easy on Me” – Kayelee Burns
3rd Place Youth Black & White – “Snickers” – Daphne Harris
Maybe you don’t agree with the judges? Which is fine. I don’t agree with all of their decisions, but I selected a great collection of judges this year and they did a tremendous job!
One thing I learned this year is that a lot of people seem to think I was “the judge” or “a judge” and then when they found out I wasn’t a judge, then I didn’t really do that much. Which I think is funny, but I’m okay with people not knowing how much work goes into this and thinking the judges do all the work. If people see how much work this is, then I’m not doing my job.
I’ve already mentally selected the three judges for next year. Two of them have already committed. I’m sure the third one will commit as well, I just have to make the call. Janae will be returning and Nathanial and Logan will be rotating out. The second judge that has committed is Angie. I had been playing with the idea of whomever wins Best of Show gets to be a judge the following year. Her winning Best of Show cemented that or maybe quickcreted it for this year, at least.
While I’ve already tried to explain how much work I put into this contest. I definitely don’t do it myself. I need to thank people that helped along the way:
+ Kim Barker – Helped with label printing and only complained once, but for good reason.
+ Nathanial Brown – a judge, but also a good idea man. For example, his idea to split the youth division into Teen and Youth. Also provided sides for dinner AND most responsible for streamlining the Judges Form.
+ Kio Dettman – Got me this gig, but also is part of the Display Team. Both setting up and tearing down.
+ Janae Erickson – Judge while being super pregnant. A trooper.
+ Michelle Haupt – Did the Photo Contest Book. It looks professional because it is professional. I think she was only moderately frustrated when she would ask a question and 9 times out of 10 my answer was “I trust you.”
+ Jesse Howard – Part of the tear down team and gophered stuff between Ames and Boone for me. Including purchasing the photo stands for the overall photos.
+ Jay Janson – Designed one of the Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Flyers.
+ Monica Jennings – Designed multiple Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Flyers, designed and assembled the judges board for the display case, designed and put together the certificates that went with each ribbon. She was also instrumental in putting together the display. Bossing Logan around even more than I did. Which is saying something. I got so many compliments on what the display looked like this year. I think that was a lot of Monica.
+ Logan Kahler – Was a judge. Which was big. But even bigger in my mind, was being the “inside the display case” man when putting the display together. He also provided the meat for the judgement night meal. It was delicious.
+ Teresa Kahler – Did a ton of the administrative stuff and has big ideas for streamlining that process next year with mail merge.
+ Carla Stensland – Did a ton of administrative stuff as well. She was the judges’ assistant and helped keep them moving forward.
+ The Staff of KWBG – They are all wonderful, but Jennifer in particular is VERY helpful. She put up lights so there is some lighting in there at night and fixed some of the small mistakes that were made on the administrative end.
I’ve already mentioned some of the tweaks I’m going to make for next year. There are still more to make. However, the rest I’m going to keep close to my vest for now. But I might share them when I share some of the behind the scenes pictures in the future.
However, I think there is time for one last look back. I mentioned the incredible job that Michelle did on the book. This idea is pretty much completely stolen from, I mean influenced by, the Iowa State Fair Photography Salon. Michelle is a genius when it comes to making this kind of thing and I think you should click on the links below and really appreciate her work:
Pufferbilly Days Photo Contest Book – Easy to Print
Be wary, next year I might try bothering you to get you on the photo contest team! Or even better, maybe next year you or your kids will enter. I heard more than one story about this being a great activity for parents to do with their children and grandparents to do with their grandchildren.