The 24th Annual NYTTS Show

These turtles are on their way to
The Village Community School, 272 West 10th Street, New York City
Sunday, June 7, 1998, 12:30–5:00

Information and Rules

        The show is not be open to the general public; admission will be limited to NYTTS members and their guests.  All guests will be required to sign in.  No sales of turtles are permitted at the show.  NYTTS cannot assume liability for any animals.
        Bring as many turtles as you like—at least one of each species you own.  This is your once-a-year opportunity to show your collection and to see the turtles of other members.  Don’t hesitate to display your turtles and tortoises even if they are a common species or are not “perfect.”
        The primary purpose of the show is educational, and participants are encouraged to prepare educational displays to accompany their animals.  The displays may incorporate photographs, journals, models, diagrams, and other materials illustrating the natural history and/or captive husbandry and breeding of the particular species.  Displays should be self-supporting or designed for table-top mounting.

        To cover the costs of the show, there will be a $1.00 fee for each turtle and a $2.00 admission fee for all non-exhibitors.  When you register, you will be given a name badge, and each of your turtles will be assigned a number.  Watch your mail for the Show rules and registration form.  If your system is capable of printing from your browser, you may try to print the form at home (go to Registration Form).  Fill it out in advance, and present it when you register.  Please be on time!!  Registration begins at 12:30 P.M.  No entries will be accepted after judging begins at 1:30.  Non-exhibitors are welcome at 2:00 P.M.

        Each exhibitor must bring appropriate containers in which to display their turtles.  Glass aquariums, bowls, plastic boxes, or wash buckets are all acceptable; clear containers improve visibility.  Water will be available for the tanks.  All containers must be escape proof!  To prevent animals overheating in the hot sun, be sure to bring adequate shading for both aquatic turtle tanks and tortoise pens (an umbrella attached to the display tables works nicely—and will come in handy in case of rain!).

        Awards (ratings of I, II, and HONORABLE MENTION) will be granted according to merit.  A trophy will be awarded to the BEST-IN-SHOW turtle.  All exhibitors receive a CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION.  Judging decisions will be based upon ownership responsibility (the length of ownership, the general health and physical condition of the animal, and the apparent quality of husbandry), and the quality of the animal (configuration and form, uniqueness, and rarity of species).

        New York State law requires PERMITS for bog, wood, mud, and Blanding’s turtles, as well as North American box turtles (of the genus Terrapene).  If you do not bring a New York State permit, you will not be allowed to exhibit these turtles.  New York also requires permits for all turtles and tortoises protected by Federal Regulation 50CFR17.  Among the more common protected species are: Geochelone radiata, all Gopherus species, and Podocnemis expansa and unifilis.

        The address of the Village Community School is 272 West 10th Street between Washington Street and Greenwich Street (not Greenwich Avenue) just one block from the Hudson River.  The show will be held on the school’s playground; the entrance gate is to the left of the school’s front entrance.  Drivers should be aware that street fairs in the Village and other parts of Manhattan may necessitate extra driving time.  Parking on the street is possible but may be difficult on nice Sunday afternoons.

Memphis Underground Parking—corner of Washington and Charles
Edison Park Fast—on Washington between Horatio and Bethune
Perry Garage—corner of Perry and Greenwich Streets
Pier 40—on West Street at the end of Houston Street
West 11th Street Garage—on W. 11th Street between Greenwich Street and Washington Street
Perry Abingdon Garage—on Charles between Hudson and Bleecker
Travelers Garage—corner of 7th Avenue and West 10th Street

West 4th Street—IND Line A, B, C, D, E, and F trains
Christopher St./Sheridan Sq.—IRT #1 & #9 Broadway-7th Ave. Local
Christopher Street PATH Station—New Jersey PATH trains

If you have further questions, please leave a message on the NYTTS voice mail, 212-459-4803.

Submit Your Photos for Viewing and Judging
at the Eleventh Annual Photography Show!

    Contest Rules

  • All photos must contain turtle or tortoise material!  Appropriate subject matter may include, but is not limited to, turtles in the wild, in zoos, or in aquariums; your own turtles at home; or turtles with other animals or people.

  • Photos must be prints, either black and white or color—no slides or transparencies as we have no way to exhibit these. Prints can be any size up to 8" × 10", each to be mounted on a stiff board (oak tag or mat board).  The board should be slightly larger than the print.

  • A maximum of 5 photos per entrant will be allowed.

  • No professional photographers, please!

  • Your name and address must be written on the back of each photo’s mounting board.

  • A caption should appear on the front of the mounting board below the photo indicating the species shown, description of the photo, location, and any optional photographic information (such as camera, film type, settings, etc.).

  • All entries must postmarked no later than June 1, 1998.  Due to the preparation time required for mounting the displays, no photos can be accepted as “hand-ins” on the day of the show.  Send all photos to:

    NYTTS Photo Contest
    c/o Suzanne Dohm
    40-23 204th Street
    Bayside, NY 11361

    Members everywhere are encouraged to participate!

  • Photos will be judged on the basis of composition, technical merit, originality, subject matter, and other criteria at the discretion of the judge.  A professional wildlife photographer will judge the event.

  • All photos become property of the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society and cannot be returned.  Winning photos may be reprinted in future issues of NYTTS NewsNotes.

    Don’t Miss our Annual Raffle of Turtle Items!!

    including . . .

    Prepared Commercial Turtle Food
    Certificates for 1000 Mealworms
    Certificates for 1000 Crickets
    Terrarium Equipment and Supplies
    Starter Kits for Hatchlings
    Turtle Books
    and Much More!

    And Don’t Forget to Bring
    Your Unwanted Turtle Bric-a-brac
    — Sculpture, Jewelry, etc. —
    To Contribute to the Silent Auction!

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