Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 ODO: Call for Judges!

The ODO is less than three weeks away! One of the secrets to our success is the core of volunteer judges we have amassed over the past many years. If you are planning to attend this year's show and contest, we would ask that you consider volunteering to help judge.

Why ask for additional judges at this point? It is simple. First, as most of you know, the ODO continues to grow. The days of 400 and 500 model entries have come and gone. The ODO as of late has reached new heights of participation with 600, 700, and almost 800 entries. That is a lot of plastic to evaluate in three to four hours. The ODO must meet this demand with more thoughtful resources (code for more judges).

Second, and as has always been the case, the ODO patrons do not have the luxury of the ideal travel conditions that are associated with spring, summer and fall events.  Because of our end-of-winter show, it is our goal to get everyone back on the road as close as possible to 5:00 p.m. for obvious reasons. Last year we beat that target thanks to our efficient judging teams.

Knowing the above are our concerns, please consider giving the ODO a much-needed hand by volunteering to help judge at the 2018 ODO. The judges' meeting is scheduled for 11:15 a.m. giving the teams time to meet and eat lunch prior to the commencement of judging at 12:30 p.m. If you haven't judged before this is the ideal show to learn what it's all about. Just show up at the meeting to get assigned to a team.

Remember, the success of the ODO is not because of IPMS Richmond but because of friends like you!

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