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24th Annual MPKS Koi and Trade Show–2016

Announcing the 24th Annual MPKS Koi and Trade Show

Koi show listed in Events page


Show Hours:

Friday                  06/24/16    6:00 to 9:00

Saturday             06/25/16    9:00 to 5:00

Sunday                06/26/16    10:00 to 3:00

Local driving directions to avoid construction in the area

John Norton has taken the time to drive around the new facility and identified the best local routes to The MAX avoiding construction and other obstacles. See his local driving recommendations.

We are proud to announce our 24th Annual show to be held over the weekend of June 24 – 26, 2016. We will be hosting our show at The Max Athletic & Exposition, 4750 S. Vernon Ave., McCook, IL 60525. It is an air conditioned facility with plenty of room for show vats and vendor booths. If you have never shown fish before, or are a veteran koi show participant, we hope you will consider showing your koi this year. Dr. Passovoy and his water quality team (fondly referred to as the “water mopes”) will be assuring the best care of your koi while at our show, as they have done for many years now.

Seminar Presentations

On Saturday we will be presenting a program of speakers and topics of general interest to koi hobbyists.

  1. Koi and Aquaponics at 10:30 AM by Matt McCann of Quality Koi.
  2. Goldfish seminar at 1:30 PM by Mike Weynschenk of Southwest Koi

Special Awards

Again this year we will be presenting- Three Major Non-Gosanke Awards: The Sakura, Tsubaki, and Botan plus two new major Non-Gosanke Awards – Mature Champion B and Young Champion B.

Raffle with Two Special Fish

There are some great items on the raffle table including some silent auction items. There will also be two special fish raffled this year at 4:30 on Saturday.

The Absolute Best Way to Learn About Koi

On Sunday following the brief award ceremony at 10:00 AM, join the judges in a walk around the tanks. They explain what they saw and will answer your questions about any fish in the vats!


If you have further questions, please contact our Koi Show Chairman, John Hall (email:

We will, of course, need lots of volunteers to help with the show this year! We’ll be hiring part­time help to set up and break down vats – always a most difficult job – but will need lots of help with vendor booth set up, traffic control, filling the show vats, club table, show tear-down, etc. We are also asking for a few night-owls who would be willing to baby-sit the koi after the show closes until about 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

We will have volunteer sign-up sheets available at the April and May dinner meeting, but you don’t have to wait until then to sign up. If you can help this year, please email to: what days your might be available to help.

We hope to see you at the show!

Download the Information Packet

Download the full information packet for Banquet and Vat reservation, Sponsor an Award, Show Schedule, Point system to determine the correct Vat loading. Update 6/10: Show vats are SOLD OUT. This is going to be exciting!

Exhibitor Information

We LOVE our exhibitors and welcome you join us and our approximately 1,200 visitors

Booth reservations are due April 15 with 50% deposit.

Download the Exhibitor booth reservation form; open in Adobe Reader, and then email a copy to Bruce at or by snail mail back to Bruce with your deposit.

View and print the Exhibitor Information PDF document.

Show vats available for purchase

MPKS has an opportunity to purchase 6ft vats which hold 500 gals of water. The vats are used but in very good condition. There is no net with the vat.

The price is $225 plus shipping. They normally retail for $500.

If you are interested, please reply to by Feb 19th.

Link to old article pages

Here is a link to our old article pages. A lot of gold here!


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