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.

You will need to bring two completed copies of the Tray Entry Form when you go to tray check-in. One form will be turned in with your tray(s), the second copy is your receipt. Form is available here and mailed with the January edition of the NYSBS Bulletin. These forms are the only record of your entries. You will be assigned an entrant number to identify your tray(s) when you turn them in at the 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 masking tape (transparent tapes may not stick well) 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.

Please read the National Button Society Blue Book carefully when you are working on an award. Be sure to use the appropriate Blue Book for the year of the competition. Vital information is contained in the Blue Book that will help you understand how best to prepare your tray(s) for competition. The New York State Button Society Award & Judging Chairperson (see NYSBS Bulletin or website for contact info) is also available for assistance if you have any questions concerning a specific award or the general award and competition process.