The NY State Button Show and Awards is May 1-3, 2020
Theme: Hello Spring!

Place: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, 225 Water St, Binghamton, New York

Reservations: Call 607-722-7575.
Mention “NYSBS’ for discounted rate
Rate: $105.00 plus taxes.
Must be made by 4/1/2020 to get this rate!
Check in time is 4:00 pm.

Shows Hours: Friday and Saturday 9AM to 5PM, Sunday 10-noon.

Contact Shirley Clark,shirley@twcny.com, 607-749-4510 or
Deborah Hendrickson, debhend8@gmail.com, 315-506-9751.


Preliminary Awards List 2020 – as of October 6

Please note corrections to two awards:

  1. Class number for Div VIIA Jr Jr shapes award
  2. Wording changes to Div IX Spider award

Three new awards added in Div IX (including one CLUB Award).

Div VIIA  Jr Jrs (Ages 6-12)

Class 12-10.18  15 Any.  Snap-together construction.  No limit on realistics.  No studios allowed.  Refer to NBS Blue Book 2019-2020, p.53 12-10.18.  Anonymous donor ($5, 3, 2, 1)*.

Class 23-10.2  15 Any.  Linear shapes specialized to curved lines only or straight lines only on each button. Combinations of straight and curved lines not allowed.  Modified shapes (ex. triangle with cut- off corners, etc) and contours allowed.  Label with name of shape (ex. round, hexagon, modified triangle, etc.).  No realistics or studios allowed.  Refer to NBS Blue Book 2019-2020, p. 66 23-10.2 for additional info.  See also, NBS Bulletin December 2009, pp. 238 – 241.  Anonymous donor ($5, 3, 2, 1)*.

Div VIIB  Intermed Jrs (Ages 13-17)

Class 12-10.18  20 Any.  Snap-together construction.  No limit on realistics.  No studios allowed.  Refer to NBS Blue Book 2019-2020, p.53 12-10.18.  Anonymous donor ($5, 3, 2, 1)*.

Class 23-10.2  20 Any.  Linear shapes specialized to curved lines only or straight lines only on each button. Combinations of straight and curved lines not allowed.  Modified shapes (ex. triangle with cut- off corners, etc) and contours allowed.  Label with name of shape (ex. round, hexagon, modified triangle, etc.).  No realistics or studios allowed.  Refer to NBS Blue Book 2019-2020, p. 66 23-10.2 for additional info.  See also, NBS Bulletin December 2009, pp. 238 – 241.  Anonymous donor ($5, 3, 2, 1)*.

Div IX

Class 17-0  20 Any.  Animals assorted specialized to baby animals.  People and other animals may be present. No limit on realistics.  Mohawk Valley Button Club  $15, 10, 5.

17-0 thru 20-24  25 Any.  Pictorials specialized to a single holiday. Choose “one” widely recognized holiday (ex. Valentines Day, Easter, Memorial Day, etc) and select buttons related to that holiday.  Hearts, stars and snowflakes allowed (if they relate to your chosen holiday).  Nancy Breslawski $5,3,2.

Class 17-4.1  25 Any.  Arachnids specialized to spiders. Webs allowed.  No limit on studios.  Norma Brown  $5, 3, 2.

Class 17-4.1, 4.3 + 4.3.1  20 Any.  CLUB AWARD (See Note Below).  Identifiable Mature Spiders and Insects.  No balance needed between classes.  No limit on realistics.  Other animals, plants or humans may be present but the insect(s) should be the focus. Half Moon Button Club  $10, 5, 3.

Class 17-4.3 and 17-4.3.1  Various.  Six (6) each of butterflies (moths allowed but no caterpillars or larvae), beetles (including scarabs) and bees plus seven (7) free choice.  Art Baur  $10, 5, 3.

18.4  25 Any.  Containers specialized to those containing something.  Label with name of the container and what it contains.  Nancy Breslawski $5,3,2.

Class 18-6.5  25 Any.  Umbrellas (including parasols).  No limit on realistics.  People and animals allowed.  Umbrella or parasol does not have to be the main focus of the button.  Elaine Baur  $10, 5, 3.

Class 19-0  20 Any.  Flowers assorted specialized to identifiable flowers and their meanings.  Look for variety.  Label with identity of the flower and it’s meaning.  Genesee Country Button Club  $5, 3, 2.

Class 19-2  24 Any.  Flowers assorted specialized to clear and colored glass.  Try for a variety of colors and techniques.  Karen Kammer  $10, 5, 3.

Class 19-6  25 Any.  Leaves.  Norma Brown  $5, 3, 2.

NYSBS Creative Awards

Jr Jrs (Ages 6 – 12)

Your creative idea for our show theme, “Hello Spring!”.  Use at least 5 buttons but no more than 30 buttons on a standard 9×12 card (portrait mode).  Anonymous Donor  $5, 3, 2, 1.*

Intermediate Jrs (Ages 13 – 17)

Your creative idea for our show theme, “Hello Spring!”.  Use at least 5 buttons but no more than 30 buttons on a standard 9×12 card (portrait mode).  Anonymous Donor $5, 3, 2, 1.*

Senior  (Age 18 and up)

Your creative idea for our show theme, “Hello Spring!”.  Use at least 5 buttons but no more than 30 buttons on a standard 9×12 card (portrait mode).  NYSBS $5, 3, 2.

NOTE:  Club Awards – The members of a club contribute buttons for the competition tray which is submitted in the club’s name.  The club submitting the competition tray must be a NYS Button Club recognized as such by the NYS Button Society.  See the back cover of the January edition of the NYS Button Society Bulletin or the NYS Button Society Website for the list of the current active clubs for the year in which the competition is scheduled.    Non-NYS clubs may participate if the club is a member of the NYS Button Society.

*All Jr entrants receive a ribbon, a cash award and a button provided by an anonymous donor in honor of the all the hard work they put into their entries.

Download the list: NYSBS Preliminary Awards 2020