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Tampa Teddy Bear Show Contest & Review

Bright Star Promotions'

Tampa Florida Teddy Bear Show

February 21, 2016

Crowne Plaza Westshore Hotel


Punxsutawney Phil, weather predicting groundhog extraordinaire, might be predicting an early Spring, but some teddy bear artists couldn't wait. The pull of sun, fun and teddy bears was just too much and they headed down south to Tampa, Florida to ring in their own kind of Spring.


Part of the fun included a competition, "Fifty Shades of Brown," a teddy bear challenge.


For the past several years, Valerie Rogers has issued the challenge and this year's challenge was to create a bear using any color of brown.


Eighteen artists with seventeen beautiful brown bears and one springtime bunny, took up the charge and showed that creativity is boundless when it comes to teddy bears.


Collectors were brimming with excitement over the event and cast their votes.


18 bears competed in the contest

"50 Shades of Brown!"

Each entry was hand made by the
exhibiting teddy bear artist.

Tables held the 'brown' bears and they all lined up for
the voters to see.

The name of the bear and artist along with the price were found on their place cards. Bears were for sale unless otherwise indicated. Many were sold but stayed in the contest to score more votes!

Collectors and visitors voted for their favorite!


Often a hard thing to do!


Artists with their bears, anxiously await the announcement!


Who will the winner be?



Third Place Winner!

Third Place went to Isabella Hoffmann of Bearly Collectible from West Allis, Wisconsin.


Waddington, her large dark brown bear won Third Place and she was presented with a Collectors Choice Certificate and $50.00 in prize money!

Second Place Winner!

Diana Watts of DiBears, from Naples, Florida won Second Place for her brown rabbit named Burnette.


She also was awarded a certificate and $50.00 prize money!

First Place Winner!

First Place went to Judy Anderson of Ashenberry from Norfolk, Connecticut for her entry "Pick Me".


He held a little sign saying "Pick Me." Was he referring to the bouquet of flowers he was holding or offering voting suggestions?


Judy won a certificate and $100.00 in prize money!


Congratulations to all who entered and all who won!

The creativity shown in all the entries was marvelous!


Contact the Artists


Business Name Dealer Name E-Mail Address
Ashenberry Judy Anderson
Babcock Bears Pat Berkowitch
Bearily Pawsing Donna Manthey
Bearkidz Marion Fraile
Bearly Collectibles Isabelle Hoffmann
Bears Against MS Valerie Sewell
Bears by Two Hearts Trish Hansford
Bears for Pete Sake Dian Pete
Bears of the Abbey Susan McKay
Charbears Charlene Draeger
Chatham Village Bears Art Rogers
China Cupboard Bears Cindy McGuire
Collins Gift Shop Wendy Collins
Cookie's Critters Donna Nielsen
DiBears Diana Watts
Gilmur Rudley Bears Jackie Melerski
Good Bears of The World Terrie Stong,
Happy Tymes Collectibles Bev White
Heir Bears Jane Woodard
Martha's Bears Martha Burch
Mohair Maniac Donna Mettling
My Apple Tree Cindy Malchoff
Notchlok Sandy Czaja
PRFect Pals Pat Fairbanks
Quilts n Critters Marilyn Wagner
Raspbeary Bears Darlene Allen
The Teddy Bear Maker Carol Miller
The Toy Store Ben & Beth Savino
Wandabears Wanda Shope
Wicked Bear Fibers Dale Crocker


Show Happenings!
Saturday Workshops

Art Rogers of Chatham Village Bears conducted a class where the students made a big eye pelican.


Precise stitching to his web feet!


Wanda Shope presented a workshop where students made a Steampunk pin cushion.


Intricate details and clock parts made the piece exciting!

Before the doors opened!


Artists submit photos of their bears to be considered for the colorful collectors invitation post card.


Pizazz, was chosen for the Tampa post card, made by Wanda Shope from Yreka, California. 


She was presented with a Winners Certificate, "I'll hang this proudly in my studio."


If you did not receive a post card this year, or did not fill out a door prize ticket, just email us your name and address. We'll send you a card next year!

A few candid photos during the show!

We were so happy to see you!


You made our show 'sparkle'


See you again next year!


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