Competition Guidelines and Forms

Everything You Need to Know to Compete At the Annual Button Show

Downloadable Documents:

NY State Competition Guidelines – What it takes to compete at a State Show.

NY State Tray Entry Form – Your ticket to entering competition tray(s)  and after the judging, get the tray(s) back.

NY State Tray Slip – Used by the judge(s) to write comments about the tray.

NY State Award Submission Form – Consider creating your own competition award.

Competition Guidelines:


Each entrant must be a member of the New York State Button Society. There is an entry fee of $.50 per tray for adult competitors and $.25 per tray for Jr competitors. A maximum of six (6) entries are allowed per entrant attending the show, and four (4) entries per entrant if not attending.
You will need to bring two completed copies of the Award Entry Form when you go to tray check-in. One form will be turned in with your tray(s), and the second copy is your receipt. These forms are the only record you have of your entries and are the link between the name of the entrant and the entrant number that will be assigned at tray check-in. You will also need a completed Tray Slip for each competition tray. Do not put your name or address on the Tray Slip or anywhere on the tray. Fold the Tray Slip on the fold line and attach the Tray Slip to the top/back of the tray on the upper right-hand corner of your entry with tape so that the Tray Slip hangs down over the front upper right-hand corner of the tray. Be sure to put your Entrant # on the Tray Slip after it has been assigned at tray check-in. After the trays are judged, they will be displayed. At this time, you may attach your name, if you wish.
Entry Forms and Tray Slips will be available on the Registration Table and at Tray Drop-off at the 2024 NYSBS Show. They are also available at any time at or upon request by contacting Linda Hickey at 585-544-2479 or

The New York State Button Society Award & Judging Chairperson, Linda Hickey, is also available for assistance if you have any questions concerning a specific award or the general award and competition process.