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    Folks look for different things in a show. A few years ago our local club had a one day young koi show at the local botanic garden. It was a low-key affair of club members and friends bringing their koi under 20" for a day of conversation and relaxation. Some brought in lunch and turned it into a picnic under the trees. It was a very enjoyable day involving relatively little work. Just a dozen or so tanks and less than 50 small koi to worry over. No vendors. No seminars, but lots of face time with the single judge discussing attributes of the koi entered. Simple, inexpensive awards. No banquet to plan. Everything was set up in a few hours the day before, and everything was broken down by 4pm.

    OTH, we try to make the Central Florida Koi Show as all-encompassing as possible, with different activities.... seminars for a full day (sometimes a wet lab day on top; sometimes a judging seminar, too), lots of vendors of all sorts to create a festival atmosphere, the show itself seeks to have as many quality entries as can be enticed, raffles, auctions, casual pizza nite for vendors and volunteers on Friday evening, awards banquet Saturday evening, Sunday judges' walk and whatever else that can be packed in so a person can spend three days and not get bored. It takes a huge amount of planning and work by volunteers drawn from all over. (Vendor booth sales have already begun for a March show.) It is exhausting and wonderful. It comes together because there is an experienced team leading the way.

    More clubs should give shows a try, and not be turned off by the idea that they have to put on an extravaganza. Start small. You may enjoy it so much that you decide to stay small. Or, you may decide to add activities and in time be producing a big event annually. The important thing is to have fun.
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    Obviously you can have a good indoor show but nothing is better than a outdoor show with good weather!

    (Don't take this the wrong way- fish dealers but) You don't see it as much but when wet vendors used to bring expensive, high quality fish to the shows, larger fish that sold for over a $1,000, that generated a lot of excitement on Friday evenings before the show. I think dealers have realized that there is too much risk and that practice does not pay for itself anymore.


    Mike Pfeffer

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    Without good koi it ain't a good show. Good judges help but aren't required.
    It can be a wonderful EVENT if many of the things that have been mentioned are a part of the show...
    What do I ( I can only speak from my perspective. A person working at the show would have a different request, a newbie another, and someone still building their pond another) want at a show besides good specimens.

    The opportunity to learn the truth and to hang with friends

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrseed View Post
    I agree with a lot which is stated above, but.......................................

    Without friendly people attending and putting on the show, it's just not worth it........................it's the people that make a show
    WHat Bill said!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeM View Post
    Folks look for different things in a show. A few years ago our local club had a one day young koi show at the local botanic garden. It was a low-key affair of club members and friends bringing their koi under 20" for a day of conversation and relaxation. Some brought in lunch and turned it into a picnic under the trees. It was a very enjoyable day involving relatively little work. Just a dozen or so tanks and less than 50 small koi to worry over. No vendors. No seminars, but lots of face time with the single judge discussing attributes of the koi entered. Simple, inexpensive awards. No banquet to plan. Everything was set up in a few hours the day before, and everything was broken down by 4pm.

    OTH, we try to make the Central Florida Koi Show as all-encompassing as possible, with different activities.... seminars for a full day (sometimes a wet lab day on top; sometimes a judging seminar, too), lots of vendors of all sorts to create a festival atmosphere, the show itself seeks to have as many quality entries as can be enticed, raffles, auctions, casual pizza nite for vendors and volunteers on Friday evening, awards banquet Saturday evening, Sunday judges' walk and whatever else that can be packed in so a person can spend three days and not get bored. It takes a huge amount of planning and work by volunteers drawn from all over. (Vendor booth sales have already begun for a March show.) It is exhausting and wonderful. It comes together because there is an experienced team leading the way.

    More clubs should give shows a try, and not be turned off by the idea that they have to put on an extravaganza. Start small. You may enjoy it so much that you decide to stay small. Or, you may decide to add activities and in time be producing a big event annually. The important thing is to have fun.
    Mike, I could not agree more with you more. There is too much emphasis placed on size of show and number of koi entered. Emphaisize fun and education and and everyone will enjoy.

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    Lots of; koi, koi varieties, koi equipment vendors, displays, seminars, and good conversations.
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    Of course we forgot the most important thing of all...

    ...plenty of cold adult beverages!!! Ask Steve C and Cheryl and the Davids' sangria!!!!

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    We will have the best of the best shows in the USA
    Come join us for the good time-with many good Kichi friends
    I will have more info soon........



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    Quote Originally Posted by RookieKoiGuy View Post
    We will have the best of the best shows in the USA
    Come join us for the good time-with many good Kichi friends
    I will have more info soon........



    General information

    2009 AKCA Seminar and 22nd Annual KCSD Koi Show

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    The 2009 AKCA Seminar and 22nd Annual KCSD Koi Show will be Feb 12-15, 2009 at the Marriott Mission Valley
    I believe you...this SEMINAR is a great advancement

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    Quote Originally Posted by aquitori View Post
    What are some of the factors that makes a koi show good?
    Pie..................

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