Judging is serious business. We've even got training to make sure our judges know their duty. They didn't have to raise their right hands, but they did have to read a bunch of paperwork.
Then, they signed their lives away, pledging to uphold the rules of the contest and the integrity of the judging criteria. What a bunch of pros. They handled it with such bravery.
They divided all the entries into "yes," "maybe," "probably not," and "no" piles. Then, they debated about whether the entries met the judging criteria (red, sendable, unique), whether the designs would look good next to photos (since that's one way they'll be sold during the holidays), etc..
When it got too intense, the judges decided lunch outside by the fountain would be in order. A little sunshine and fresh air (and eating out) gave them new perspective and energy to keep going in the afternoon.
p.s. More pictures of the Bowling Alley coming soon. :)