The Original Online Teddy Bear Magazine
Show sponsored by Bright Star Promotions                        April 2017

Each year, Bright Star Promotions, the parent company responsible for bringing you Bears&Buds Online Magazine, sponsors a teddy bear show in Tampa, Florida at the Crowne Plaza Westshore.


In addition to the "sun and fun" and bear collecting, artists are asked to compete in an annual competition with new themes every year. Collectors join in the fun by voting for their favorites during the show.


The competition highlights the wide array of skills and creativity of the artist participating in the show.


This year's theme was "Winter White" and the artists did not disappoint with their amazing entries in the competition.


Fifteen bears and buds took the stage, all clad in winter white fur, mohair or plush. An array in all shapes and sizes, they represented the amazing talents these artists bring to the table every day, and are as varied and unique as each artist.


The competition is an exciting event, with awards presented near the close of the show.


With so many wonderful entries, how can anyone choose just one?


When the votes were tallied, three winners were honored!





Charlene Draeger


Pat Fairbanks

PRFect Pals


Carol Miller

The Teddy Bear Maker

Stevi Tiongco

Stevi T's Alpaca Encounters


Sandy Czaja

Notchlok Bears


Olga Hahn

Hahntastic Creations


Dian Pete

Bears For Pete Sake


Dona Sorensen

Dona's Bears


Julie Pitts

Granbeary Bears


Bev White

Happy Tymes Collectibles


Cindy McGuire

China Cupboard Bears


Martha Burch

Martha's Bears


Diana Ussery

Diana's Merry Bears


Diana Watts



Meet the artist-contestants
And the Winners Are . . .




Congratulations to Sandy Czaja, Notchlok Bears from Whitethron, CA for her entry: Amber.


Sandy received a certificate, gold star pin and $10.00 from Bright Star Promotions!



Congratulations to Diana Watts, DiBears from Naples, FL for her entry: Winter Woodland Frost.


Diana received a certificate, gold star pin and $40.00 from Bright Star Promotions!





Congratulations to Olga Hahn, Hahntastic Creations from Cape Coral, FL for her entry: Polar Bear Maximus.


Olga received a certificate, gold star pin and $50.00 from Bright Star Promotions!


Way to go Olga!!


Join us next year!

Mark your calendar when Bright Star will once again introduce award winning artists to you, the collector.


What will the contest theme be for 2018? Come discover and vote for your favorite bear on February 18, 2017 at the Crowne Plaza Westshore Hotel.

See all the show's festivities including classes,
gatherings and giftings. The Show Review

Learn more ....


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