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Ruth Rickey has cake show calendar on her website You may also want to check for chapters near you. I know there's a show in Connecticut, and there's an active ICES chapter in Massachusetts.
They probably would have let you :).  
Being a show organizer myself, I'm just going to throw this out could very well be as simple as whoever was supposed to bring a good knife forgot it.    Congratulations on your win!
I've stopped charging an actual cash deposit and just take a credit card to be charged of it's not returned. I give them a dollar amount that covers the cost, shipping, and 1/2 hour of my time. I charge 1/4 of the replacement cost as the rental fee, but I like the idea of a flat rate for all, as opposed to a fee based on the cost of the stand. 
Does your sister have a friend with a little girl around the same age as your niece? Maybe you could make it a party and all bake together at the friend's house?
 I know it's too late for this but had it been me, I would have gone back regardless of the groom's wishes. If my reputation was on the line, and there was even a possibility the cake could have fallen, I'd want to know what was going on. Had you arrived and the cake had been moved, you could have shown evidence of that with your pictures, and you'd be clear. If, however, there was any kind of problem with the cake or structure, you could have dealt with it right then and...
I use Fondarific on cookies all the time. It works very well. It gets firm enough to package them, but soft enough to be pleasing when eaten. I attach with a glaze made of confectioners' sugar, water, and flavoring to match the cookie. I've never had anyone not like them, but I also don't make a big deal of them being fondant covered, either.
Virginia has an ICES chapter.   I've made great cake friends by becoming involved in my chapter.
Sometimes. But if I don't want to, I just string them along, telling them I'll email it to them. They rarely ask twice. Most of the time, people are asking just as a form of flattery and an have no intention of ever making the item, anyway.
You'll be fine!
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