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Volume 20, Number 3
July 1966

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The Annual Meeting Show

        The Show held at the Tacoma Mall Shopping Center certainly must have set some records. There were over 10,000 square feet of garden type displays in addition to the cut truss display and the educational exhibits, filling the Mall from one end some 700 feet to the other end, with exhibits spilling over into various shop-lined side areas. If a larger rhododendron show were ever staged anywhere the writer does not know of it.
        The quality of the exhibits was excellent although some did not hold up too well over the three day period; others did. The environmental conditions in an enclosed, air conditioned area such as the Mall with probably rather low humidity, were strange to most of the exhibitors, but welcome as heavy showers came down outside. Lighting was excellent and space was adequate for viewing.
        Adequate, that is, for any ordinary flower show crowd. But this was no ordinary crowd. It was, in fact, one of the largest crowds ever for a show of a single-plant society. The management of the Mall has a routine method of estimating attendance at any event held there. From certain observation posts on the roof the rate of traffic flow into the parking area, which accommodates over 7,000 cars, can be determined. From the total number of cars the number of visitors is calculated. These calculations produced the whopping figure of over 300,000 people in attendance during the time of the show. Admittedly some came to shop but nearly everyone of them saw at least a part of the show. On Sunday when most of the shops were closed the attendance was estimated at over 100,000.
        The Rainier Chapter of the Washington State Nurserymen's Association put in a 24 by 42 foot display, occupying the middle section of the Mall. The displays varied in size from this down to 6 by 24 feet.
        Six A. R. S. Chapters participated in this year's show in Chapter landscape competition. This is the first time that such competition has been included and it was quite keen and well accepted. It has been suggested that this competition be continued at the Annual Meeting Shows.

The trophy donors and winners were as follows:


Volume 20, Number 3
July 1966

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