"First Annual Joe's Old Lures Photo Display Contest"
The idea of having this contest just occurred to me one day a few months ago when I was thinking about Joe's Old Lures message board and how there is so much that goes on there that would have happened only at a lure show just a few years ago. That is when I realized that one thing missing is a display contest like the ones that happen at the NFLCC National Convention. I thought "why not?" It would be easy to do, educational and fun, plus, anyone could enter.
I't turned out to be all of that and a lot more. I planned on about a dozen or so entries but was overwhelmed when the entries went on and on for the entire 16 hours of the contest and actually started to run off the board before it was over. It was not just the quantity but the quality of the presentations that blew me away. The depth of the artifacts, the vast amount of knowledge, the talent to do the arrangements and the photography on many of the entries were truly amazing.
I received hundreds of comments before, during, and after the contest and there was not one negative comment what-so-ever. I did get a couple of suggestions on how to make it even better next year, but that was it.
Many commented about being more informed because of the event and as far as I can tell all had fun.
I was very pleased with the selections and wish to thank all of you for your participation.
Without further ado, here are our winners:
1st Place goes to...Dean A. Smith and his entry titled "Tackle Treasures."
2nd Place to...Joe Stag for his entry titled "Ohio 1755."
and 3rd Place is a tie between...Kevin Richards for this "Lake of the Woods" entry;
And William Mathes with his "In the Beginning" entry:
Several honorable mentions (just missing by one vote) include...Ricky Gentry, Stuart Strange, Roman Singer and the Big Foot.
-- Harold Dickert