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Posted by Lisa on February 21, 2002 at 09:19:06:
Timothy brought up a point that has made me start wondering... How do successful shows succeed?
If Hamburg is so great (and it most definitely *is*!!) - How did it "get that way"? Did their early shows "suck"? Did they struggle for the first few years to get it together? Or was the demand for a show so great at the time, due to a lack of other shows, that they went like gangbusters right off the bat? How old *is* the Hamburg show anyways? Anybody know? How did they develop the safety rules they use - trial and error over many years?
Our show is new, barely one year, and 5 shows under our belt. One other show that permitted venomous, has failed in western Pennsylvania. Is there just not enough interest in venomous to create and sustain a show? Is there not enough interest in nonvenomous to support two shows in our area? There certainly isn't enough interest in running one, or we would have more help. Or is that just it - a successful show simply has more willing manpower to throw at creating a better show - and so we should "quit now, while we're ahead" since we don't have lots of willing manpower?
The shame of it all is that this was started to provide a good service to herpers in this area - *all* herpers - not just nonvenomous keepers. And to provide a source of income for our not-for-profit society, so that members could have more activities, run the society better, etc. And yet these are the same people (the ones who should be benefitting the most) who are the least involved, and the most critical of the efforts being made. I really am at a loss about what to do next.