Okay, having been in touch with the directors of both organizations that put on the show, it looks as if there is no way I can participate at the 2009 show. Apparently I would have needed to acquire approval from the show committee at the 2008 show itself. That's news to me, how is it that none of the other exhibitors there, who I all told of my plans to exhibit in 2009, mentioned anything about needing to track down the show committee right then and there?
It bothers me when shows are so nebulous about their requirements. Having looked into a few engraving shows (the rest were quite far away, and plane tickets/hotel/car were just not something I could handle this year) that seems to be the norm though. Art shows are so different, where it's all spelled out about what's required and how much it costs and when it's due, etc.
Sooooo, I'm still hugely frustrated about this, I'm really pissed off about the whole thing. I will attend the 2009 show, probably try to go for two days this time. I'm thinking very seriously of getting myself a t-shirt strategically emblazoned with the words "ask me to show you my scrimshaw" and make sure I parade around in front of the right people this time, whoever they are.