On Friday, June 27th, Susiehyer, Elaine Hahn and John Hulsey arrived at the PaintAmerica offices to begin wading through hundreds of entries in the 2008 Paint the Parks national competition. It was a daunting task. After an Italian dinner where the jurors got acquainted with each other, judging began about 8pm Friday, starting with the mini competition. To accomplish the judging within time constraints, the jurors scored each entry individually, with scores to be tabulated afterwards. The jurors retired for the evening about 11:30.
Saturday morning, the jurors met for breakfast and then dug into the remainder of the mini entries. With a few short breaks, judging went on all through the day, starting the full-size entries about 1:30, and not breaking again until dinner at 6pm. After dinner, the deliberation continued until almost midnight. On Sunday, the jurors discussed the previous 2 days of judging over a leisurely breakfast before preparing for Susiehyer's afternoon painting demonstration.