by Larry Blomquist
After pulling together Don Frank’s story about how Fishmaster started (see page 18), I thought this was the perfect time to tell about a super fishing trip he was a part of. It all began at the 2022 World Fish Carving and Taxidermy Championships®. We added a Thursday night auction to supplement the Awards Fund for the 2022 show. We also announced some of the major award winners for the World Show competition. This auction brought in a whopping $22,000.00 to help offset the cost of award plaques ($7,000.00), gold-plated, silver, and bronze medallions ($4,000.00), ribbons ($3,000.00), and cash awards ($32,000.00), which totaled $46,000.00 in total show awards. There were many generous donors for the auction and generous purchasers to make this a very successful auction. We cannot forget the very generous vendors who offer cash award donations which we feature on a special ad page showing their generosity. These vendors and this auction made the World Shows not only an ultimate achievement, but also a financial rewarding achievement for the competitors.
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