OH wow I didn't realise that the fish could be entered even if you can't attend. So you just ship them to the show and they get shipped back afterwards? Do they handle all that shipping okay?
I still wish they had some local shows though, it would be interesting to see the quality that other people are offering and I think it would be great fun to just be there, enjoy the atmosphere and see how everything is run and so on.
Looking at this crowntail before anything was said about him I thought he was pretty nice and I thought he had quite a good spread but I just had no idea about all those other faults. I still think he is lovely in his own right though what you said about him certainly makes a lot of sense. This thread can really help you appreciate a fish with good balance/symmetry/form when you see one.