1 (edited by Ron 22.02.2009 04:08:44)

Topic: Martin County fair pics...

Well We did the Martin County Fair today, and I am pleased to say that Rhett Kelley http://www.cowwhips.com , and  Whipmaker Steve Koliski of http://www.21stcenturywhips.com/ was in attendance. Sadly this is the only photo I got of these two masters, as Steve is super sonic, and didn't stay still long enough, and Rhett was busy working on whips. The table shown, kind of became the WhipRX station where we replaced many a fall and cracker for the contestants.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/S4300314.jpg
Here is a synopsis of the rules
The contest was open to School age kids, and in only 2 categories...Boys and Girls.
The downside is you had 17 year olds competing against 7 yr olds. I hope that in the future that the contest is broken down by age as well...Some of the Young'uns are really talented but over shadowed by the older competitors.

JUDGING

    Judges scored on a 1-10 scale with 10 being ranked the highest score. Contestants were judged on: The Most Original, Sharpness, Loudness, and Best Overall Performance.
Here is a pic of the panel. Rhett was set to be a judge, but as some of his whips were featured in the contest stepped aside to prevent the illusion of bias. Here is the esteemed Panel...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_1075.jpg

The Prizes awarded were these...Very nice ! I want one myself!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/S4300322.jpg
Steve Also donated a custom whip for the winner, and DVD's for the runners up. Midwestwhips.com also donated DVD's.

One of the Judges ( The Great Cindini of West Palm Beach) Whip Performer, fire eater, knife thrower...etc. Brought her prized whip. A gift from Burt Reynolds, and featured in the Western "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/S4300318.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/S4300319.jpg
Sadly some of the kids had no idea who Burt Reynolds is!
Here is a whip Donated by Rhett Kelley as a raffle item to benefit 4H.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/S4300320.jpg
On to the Competitors...
The kids age range varied greatly, as did their experience. None of them had ever had any professional instruction, and while raw, were surprisingly talented. One young man had cracked a whip for the first time 2 weeks ago, and did quite well. I think with a bit of practice, and Paul Nolan's and Steve Koliski's DVD's these kids are going to be amazing for next years event. Which is already being planned, and will be much bigger and better next year. I know you guys are busy, so plan those TAX DEDUCTIBLE PRIZE DONATIONS NOW! (shameless plug).
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_0912.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_0941.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_0949-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_0964-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_0969-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_0982.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_0993-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_1012.jpg (this kid was a natural)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_1042.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_1059.jpg
Your winners...
Girls
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_1083.jpg
Boys
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_1088.jpg
All in All it was a great time, the kids had fun, we had fun, and it was really great to meet Rhett and Steve. I can tell you their whips really do live up to the hype. I was amazed at Steve's Apex whip and 40 footer. I narrowly averted disaster when I tried to decapitate myself with that monster! Thankfully there are no pics of that! Rhett brought a couple of prototype nylon stockwhips that were spectacular as well. The best thing for me though was this early nylon whip by maker George Altman. It ain't the prettiest thing, but is one of my prized possessions because of what it is, who made it and when. It would not have been possible for me to obtain such a rare treasure if not for Rhett...and my thanks goes out to him for the opportunity.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v654/detachableankles/martinCo%20Fair/IMG_1093.jpg
Well that's all folks,
Ron

2 (edited by Jim 22.02.2009 05:30:33)

Re: Martin County fair pics...

Great story and great pics Ron.  I would love to have been able to be there and watch the kids perform and see the whips.  And that buckle, WOW, very nice.  Thanks for posting this. wink

I don't remember a whip in "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing", now I'm going to have to watch it again LOL.

3 (edited by Essentia Whips 22.02.2009 11:19:01)

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Brilliant post Ron.....thanks for taking the time and glad you had a good day out...

Pass my details on to them Ron, I'll chuck a prize in the pot for them next year if they give me plenty of notice tongue

Tony wink

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Great Pics Ron! Hope we will have something like that in germany too someday!


Chris

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Thanks Tony! I will do just that.
Ron

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Great post Ron... Looks like you had a nice day. I wish I could have been there to watch these kids perform. smile The buckle looks like it'll be worn proudly by the winners... smile smile

Next year give me a shout and I'd be happy to send a whip your way.

skip

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Skip...I'll be happy to pass your contact info to the fair organizers. smile
Me? I am happy to help...next years competition is going to be GREAT!. Thanks so much Skip!
wink

Ron

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Hi Ron,

thanks so much for all the infos and the beautiful pictures! It's amazing that the real young
folks start to crack whips. It's a great sport and it brings the kids outside. If it helps in any
way, I'd be happy to give a complete DVD set to the organizers. It's not much, I know, but
I'm not a whipmaker, so that's all I can put into the pot. Again - great story and amazing pics!

Robby

I have a screwdriver. I am Legend...

9 (edited by rhettswhips 23.02.2009 02:47:36)

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Hello everyone!

I want to say how great it was to meet Ron and hang out yesterday at the fair. I think a good time was had by all. Those young whip crackers gave us whipmakers a workout too! Next year I'll know to bring a lot more cracker and fall making supplies! This experience also reminded me of how great it is for us whipmakers to get out and meet the folks who're using our whips. I want to do more of it as I am able. I really think next year in Martin County is going to be even better. I am making plans to be there already.

-Rhett Kelley

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Welcome aboard Rhett....good to see you here

Tony

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Here is a bit more from their local paper.
http://www.tcpalm.com/videos/detail/whi … good-time/

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Hi Rhett,

welcome to this nice little place! I never dreamed of having so much great people here.
But I'm proud and happy that this became a well known place. It'll cost you some time
to read all this, but you'll see that here's a lot of knowledge brought together  smile

Robby

I have a screwdriver. I am Legend...

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excellent wink  wink  wink

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Thanks Robby. It's good to be on board. I'll try to keep up as best I can. smile

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@Rhett

Welcome on board!



Robby wrote:

I never dreamed of having so much great people here.
But I'm proud and happy that this became a well known place. It'll cost you some time
to read all this, but you'll see that here's a lot of knowledge brought together  smile

Especially mine  tongue  wink

Greetz,
Chris

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Das.Legat wrote:

@Rhett

Welcome on board!



Robby wrote:

I never dreamed of having so much great people here.
But I'm proud and happy that this became a well known place. It'll cost you some time
to read all this, but you'll see that here's a lot of knowledge brought together  smile

Especially mine  tongue  wink

Greetz,
Chris

I only come here for your posts Chris  wink Dontchaknow  wink

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Ron wrote:

Thanks Tony! I will do just that.
Ron

I got a really nice email off Debra this morning so I'll be chucking something in the pot as a prize next year....thanks for passing on my details Ron smile

Tony wink

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Thank you Tony...
Your generosity is much appreciated & not surprising  wink.
They are a good group of kids and we will be doing a couple of workshops/get togethers for some real practice this year. This event is going to be huge next year!
Ron

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I think it pays to give a bit back to the whip community now and then Ron....

I'd like to be able to afford to give a donation to everyone that asks every year, alas there are too many sad  but I always donate at least 3 or 4 whips to good causes and the rest I give a voucher for a discount......

As often as not you get a little work back from it and worst ways your name becomes known somewhere it wasn't before so I think it's a good and posative thing alround....

In this particular case the kids are the future for all of us so I think it's a real good cause...

Tony smile

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Out of curiosity, how come the kids aren't wearing safety glasses?