Hey, we actually had a packing party, thanks to our hosts’ (Rob and Karen) support and patience (and incentives).
At first, Jason Hobbs’ and mine were the only entries present (or expected), and at 6:04 PM were packed and ready to go. Then at 6:05 PM, Mark Enders walks in with his one entry. Easy enough, room to spare for two measly extra bottles. Then, glancing backwards, Jason Hobbs is standing at the counter putting labels on more entries (this time for Nicole). We started a third box. Then, about 6:25, Jeff Current comes in with his 14 entries. Awesome, now we have a party! Now we have a contest!
Southern Wine and Spirits shipped all the entries for free (about 60 bottles, packed in 5 various sized boxes). Many thanks to Southern and Adam Cooper, their sales representative, for putting that together for us. By now, the entries should be in the hands of the contest organizers.
Bill Moreland said they have about 200 entries or more, and only about 10 judges so far, and that they may not get finished by Saturday night, the 18th. That sounds likely. Certainly, there is room for more judges if anyone wants to know.