4 pm ~ Vendors can begin setting up in the Charles Carroll room (room will be locked from 10:30 pm each night to 7 am the next morning)
7 pm ~ Meet & Greet Reception with light refreshments Socializing, Vendor Shopping and a dedicated fundraiser Brown Bag Auction
8 pm ~HUMAN BINGO - (Winner will receive a prize!)
8:30 ~Early Bird Health Check for Conformation Show entrants Prize to the first parent of a boy hedgie and first parent of a girl hedgie (not same parent) that are correctly pre-registered at tonight's health check!
10 pm ~Event room locked until 7 am Saturday morning
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 (Best Day for Curiosity Seekers!)
** HEDGEHOGS WEARING HATS ** In Honor of Hedgehog Ambassador Prince Herisson of Florida (RIP 2012)
Throughout the day Saturday (8 am - 6 pm) Judges Susan Bennett (Prince Herisson's Mom) and Margaret Campbell of North Carolina (Prince's Aunt)
will be circulating through the crowd and taking pictures of all hedgehogs wearing hats.
Hedgehogs will receive a special treat for wearing their hat. At the end of the day the Judges will confer and the winner will be awarded a CAROLINA STORM WHEEL compliments of Uncle Larry at Carolina Storm Hedgehogs.
8 am ~DOORS OPEN (Admission to the public... $5 for adults / $3 for 18 - 5 years / 5 years and younger FREE) *** CHILDREN 12 and Under MUST BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES (safety protocol) ***
8 - 9:30 ~ Heath Checks for Conformation Shows (please note: any and all hedgehogs entering the conformation shows on Saturday or Sunday MUST be cleared through a health check!)
9 - 9:30 ~ SPA DAY FOR YOUR HEDGEHOG demonstration by Elaine Becker (Proper bathing, nail trimming and Early Detection for Signs of Illness or Disease)
10 am ~Emergency Care for Your Hedgehog Companion by Dr. Lisa Carr, DVM Maryland Avian and Exotics Veterinary Care
11 am ~SEMINAR # 2 (speaker to be announced)
NOTE: Please, NO sales from vendor tables during seminars. Let's be respectful of our educators!
NOON ~LUNCH in Thomas Stone room (must be pre-registered and pre-paid ~ $12 per person) Selection of meat, tuna or egg salad sandwich complimented by a veggie tray, pasta salad, individually bagged chips, cookie tray and soda or water.
1:30 ~HEDGEHOG CONFORMATION SHOW # 1 Officiant: Martina Weihs-Werner of New Jersey, an IHA Certified Judge Show Secretary Kayleigh Sherman of Winchester, Virginia Hedgehogs are judged in classes according to a standard of perfection established by the International Hedgehog Association. Ribbons by class are awarded as well as Best in Show, Grand Champion. On occasion we have the honor of bestowing the coveted Permanent Grand Champion award. HEDGEHOG ENTRANCE FEE: $6 each or $4 for "Texas Tumbleweeds"
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE CONFORMATION SHOW
"Crazy Hedgehog People & their pogs" Events
SQUARE POGS SHOW ~ An opportunity for those hedgehogs who are "non-conformational" to compete for awards based on their unique and extraordinary qualities. (First held at the original ESHS in Schoharie, NY in June 2009 and judge by the Honorable Naomi Wikane) ENTRANCE FEE: $3 per pog.
HEDGEHOG - HOOMAN LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST ~ It's true what they say: the longer we hang around with someone, the more we begin to resemble them. As much as this look-alike phenomenon applies to old married couples and BFFs, it also can apply to people and their pets. With a nod to the community celebrity TINY HEDGUM who often tried to outwit his Hoomans, we invite our attendees to join in the fun of this free event. Costumes are fair game, small props and entertaining one-liner descriptions won't hurt either. ENTRANCE FEE: FREE.
BELTWAY BUMPER BALLS ~ A traditional hedgehog show game for our quill-kids, hedgehogs are let loose on the dance floor - in their critter balls, of course!! They will roll their way through a maze of toilet paper tubes stuffed with bonus prizes. For every tube a hedgie knocks down, he or she will claim the prize in that tube for their hooman.
HEDGEHOG OBSTACLE COURSE ~ Another traditional hedgehog show game usually featured at the Colorado and Milwaukee shows, hedgehogs will have a time limit to touch or move certain obstacles within a confined area. Prizes will be awarded.
HEDGIE THUNDERDOME ~ From the brains of Jennifer and Adam Smith premiering at HEDGIE-CON 2013 is the HEDGIE THUNDERDOME - CRICKETS GO IN BUT THEY DON' COME OUT!!
1 hedgehog at a time will be placed into the Thunderdome. Hedgies will have 1 minute to eat as many crickets as possible. Prizes will be awarded.
Beltway Bumper Balls, Hedgehog Obstacle Course and Hedgie Thunderdome are classifed as the HEDGEHOG TRIATHALON ENTRANCE FEE: $3 per hedgehog.
BE THE HEDGEHOG - A CHALLENGE FROM THE HEDGIES TO THE HOOMANS - From our neighbor up North, Chantell Thom! Hoomans will challenged to to complete a "hedgehog obstacle course" while wearing provided clever hedgehog gear. BEST TIME WINS. Prize awarded. $3 entrance fee.
MEALWORM RACES ~ Yes, races. Yes, REAL mealworms. Yes, we will provide them. No gambling allowed! Prizes awarded. ENTRANCE FEE: $1 per worm. Oh, and worm is yours to keep!
(Show Organizers Reserve The Right to Cancel Any of the Above Events Due to Lack of Participation or Time Constraints.)
6:30 pm ~ Basket Auction Drawings and Pickup / Silent Auction Tally, Awards and Pickup
8 pm ~Buffet Dinner in Thomas Stone Room (must be pre-registered and pre-paid ~ $25 per person) Meatless Ziti, Baked Chicken, Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Veggies, Tossed Salad, Fresh Homemade Breads, Tea, Water and Sodas
~ Featuring a Special Dessert to Celebrate HEDGIE-CON 2013 ~
~ "Wormtinis" in honor of Prince Herrison of Florida ~
"Fun-a-Me" Auction ~ Live Auction of Several Superior Items
HUMAN MEALIE EATING CHALLENGE
Rainbow Bridge Ceremony Honoring Loved Ones Who Have Gone On Before Us
(human and animal - submit your photos or dedications to HAPPYHEDGIES@gmail.com to be included in program)
DOOR POSTER CONTEST ~ Traditionally at shows where guests stay overnight, there is a Door Poster contest. The original purpose of the Door Posters was to identify you & your hedgehog's room so that friends could easily visit. At HEDGIE-CON, we will be having an Anonymous Insomniac Judge prowling the hallways to consider all door posters and at 9:45 am on Sunday (just before Conformation Show # 2) a prize will be awarded for the most creative and original poster.
** NOTE: Posters must not cause any damage to hotel property! **
Sunday, June 30 8 am ~Event Room Opens. Admission to the Public $2 each, all ages. Kids under 5, FREE. CHILDREN UNDER 12 MUST BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT AT ALL TIMES (safety protocol)
8:30~Health Checks for Conformation Show # 2 (if not previously cleared) Vendor Tables Open for Your Shopping Pleasure
9:45 ~Presentation of Door Poster Award 10 am ~HEDGEHOG CONFORMATION SHOW # 2 Officiant: Teresa Johnson of Colorado, an IHA Certified Judge Show Secretary Kayleigh Sherman of Winchester, Virginia Hedgehogs are judged in classes according to a standard of perfection established by the International Hedgehog Association. Ribbons by class are awarded as well as Best in Show, Grand Champion. On occasion we have the honor of bestowing the coveted Permanent Grand Champion award. HEDGEHOG ENTRANCE FEE: $6 each or $4 for "Texas Tumbleweeds" NOON ~Vendor Tables Close. Show is over for 2013. Thank you for attending and participating in the Eastern States Hedgehog Show "DelMarVa HEDGIE-CON 2013"
Please be sure we have your e-mail address or snail mail address so we can contact you regarding future shows!
1 pm ~Hotel Checkout
~*~ Please Be Kind... Don't Leave It Behind! ~*~
The Holiday Inn Express La Plata is a non-pet facility that has given us special consideration. Please return the favor by bagging your hedgehog oriented trash for convenient disposal by hotel cleaning staff. Complimentary trash bags are available upon request from Show Staff.
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