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As my first competition, it's going really well. I had to leave as my wife and mother had an appointment at 7pm... It started at 11 as expected and was still going with some of the first rounds still going in the 25c melomels category as there were so many entries. There were few traditional and they went through to the third judging.
I'm proud to say my orangeblossom mead made it to the third round and is going on to the last. WOOT!
Wish me luck! *grins*
I guess that CFHB just wants to give everyone the chance to be there when you get an award and announce publicly in front of an audience that you've received something. Just to make it more formal, I guess. Spectators and such weren't really invited to join in, but could if they so desired and showed up. The one in Colorado is a bit higher scale with regard to it's being more publicized and having spectators come in and having a convention like atmosphere. Meadlenium is a bit more toned down, although exciting to hear what the judges look for in a mead and what they have to say about them. The good news about stewarding is that you don't have to drink/taste any of them if you don't want to. But you have to as a judge! *grins*
According to what I heard about last years Meadlenium, there weren't too many entries (something like 60) and it would have been possible to do that. However, as this competition grows, which it apparently did this time, it took many hours to do some judging in several categories. The traditionals were done and ready for final judgement as the melomels were still in the first round when I left in the evening. They still had to go to the second round with the melomels and pyments and had reached the second round with the cysers.
Boy, let me tell you! I walked in and my jaw dropped when I saw how many entried had been sent! It was a sight to see all those boxes with seperated entries into their categories. The new category 25C Melomels had something like 7 boxes that held something like 40 bottles each. That really seemed to be the largest category. It was a humbling experience to see how many entries there were. Some people with 5 and 6 entries...
I met many of the judges and many came up from Miami specifically for this event. We went through several pairs of judges who eventually gave up because they were getting so tipsy they didn't want to misjudge a mead.
My real Name is Neil McCormick, so that you can see what I got...
In the different categories, this is what the numbers mean:
1 = Gold
2 = Silver
3 = Bronze.
Best of show winners each get a cup with Meadlenium 2005 engraved on it.
MEADLLENNIUM WINNERS LIST
(January 31, 2005)
24A. Traditional Dry Mead
1. Rockey Measom, Winter Park, FL - Dry Rock
2. Randall deBeauclair, Pinckney MI
3. KK Koenig, Dunedin FL – New Baby Boy
24B. Traditional Semi-Sweet Mead
1. David McAlister, Orange CA – Sage Mead
2. Neil McCormick, Deltona, FL – Wildflower Sweet
3. Kevin Martin, Charlotte NC – Raspberry Whisper
24C. Traditional Sweet Mead
1. Neil McCormick, Deltona, FL – Orange Blossom Sweet
2. Charles Hughes – Melbourne FL – Charlie’s Palmetto Mead
3. Charles Hughes – Melbourne FL – Charlie’s Palmetto Mead
25A. Melomel – Cyser
1. Steve Schmitt, Anchorage AK - Cyser
2. Pete Devaris – Ancorage AK – Rocky Horror Cyser Show
3. Steven Pursley – Norman OK
25B. Melomel – Pyment
1. Stephen Pursley, Norman OK – Liebfrauenmilch Pyment
2. Jeff Parry, Shapleigh ME – Grameade
3. Vern Wolff, New Market AL – Pyment Caliente
25C. Other Fruit Melomel (Split into three awards categories due to number of entries)
1. Ed Balme, San Ramon CA - Ed
2. Steven Loignon, Shapleigh ME – Pomegranite Melomel
3. Mike/Kelly/Madison Eger, Orlando, FL – BM Mead
1. Glenn Exline/Dani Exline, Rockledge FL – GGM II
2. Pete Devaris, Anchorage AK – Purple Nipple Pinching Ponies
3. Kelly Legge, Vancouver, BC, Canada, - Quince
1. Glenn Exline/Dani Exline, Rockledge FL – Passion’s Nectar
2. Boyd Solange, Calimesa CA – Solange’s Mead
3. Julia Herz, Lyons CO – Julia & Greggs Mead
26A. Methlegin & 26B. Braggot Combined (Due to number of entries)
1. 26A Charles Hughes, Melbourne FL – Charlie’s Basil
2. 26B Howard Curran/Preston Hoover, Oviedo FL - Bagpipe Braggot
3. 26A Darryl Hickey, Miami FL – Lemongrass Mead
26C. Open Mead Category
1. Steve Schmitt, Anchorage AK – Morning Wood
2. Pete Devaris, Anchorage AK – Should have been a Cowgirl
3. Preston Hoover/Howard Curran, Deltona FL – Hazelnut Mead
Best of Show
Steve Schmitt, Anchorage AK – Morning Wood
I have been out of the loop.
Meadllenium is a nice competition too.
I'm Kevin Martin and that was my Raspberry Whisper that took a bronze.
I was so very incredibly thrilled to do that in an all mead competition!