Above: Pictured are the NCA’s Bev Hutt (left) and Barry Mills (right) presenting Keith Ferry with the 2017 best canary award

THE NATIONAL EXHIBITION (NE) could extend to a two-day show, if the organising committee accepts a request from the National Council for Aviculture (NCA).

Earlier this month, the NCA sent an application to the Parrot Society (PS), which organises the October event at the Staffordshire County Showground, to make the exhibition section of the NE a two-day show. At the PS council meeting on November 19, this application from Chris Smith, chairman of the NCA, was considered.

A statement from the NE co-ordinator Keith Jones and secretary Les Rance read: “The canary clubs who have large entries find it difficult to check-in, stage and judge their entries by 1pm on the Sunday, equally the clubs with smaller entries can cope well with the existing arrangements.

“As the major stakeholder, the PS council feel that this request should be placed before the NE organising committee at their annual meeting in the spring of 2018 so that all the exhibiting clubs can contribute to the way the show is run.” The PS council has authorised Mr Jones and Mr Rance to try to come to an arrangement that satisfies all of the clubs involved.

Three canary club secretaries and several individual exhibitors had expressed their desire for a two-day National to the NCA. In Mr Smith’s application, he summarised their suggestions as an outline timetable, which asked for exhibits to be accepted on Saturday 11am-2pm and for judging of the individual sections to take place from 2-6pm. Best-in-section judging followed by best-in-show judging could be completed by 7pm. On Sunday, the Exhibition section could be opened to the public at 9am.

Mr Smith, who is in favour of the idea, said: “We need to formally consult all participating clubs to get their feedback on this outline proposal. The PS will have to discuss the idea with the showground management and there are likely to be cost implications. It would be very useful to have feedback from exhibitors, as this will have time and cost implications for them.”

NCA publicity officer Barry Mills added: “In principle, this is a good idea to allow more time to run a quality event and would give the public longer to appreciate the birds on display and to talk with exhibitors about the birds. But the clubs involved must be willing to work for the two days.”

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