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We are pleased to invite you to be an exhibitor at our 25th annual combined koi and trade show!
This year we are holding our show on June 23rd through the 25th.
We will be at the same great venue as last year this year. We will be at the MAX Exposition hall in McCook, IL. We will have room for a few more booth spaces than past years, but expect the spaces to go quickly.
We usually attract 1100 to 1200 visitors to our show. They are mostly people interested in water gardening, ponds, water features, and gardening and outdoor living in general. We expect this year’s show to be even bigger and better for several reasons! It is our 25th annual koi show. This year the national association of koi judges will be having their annual meeting in conjunction with our koi and trade show, so about 20 of the nation’s top koi experts will be on hand. We have a committee formed solely to promote our show through printed materials, as well as social media, etc.
We would like to have you join us as an exhibitor!
Fill out the 2017 trade show booth reservation. Download the 2017 KOI SHOW RULES. If you are an exhibitor who sells live koi, you may want to reserve a 2017 Koi Show Vat. While koi dealers are prohibited from exhibiting in the koi show, many times visitors purchase koi and would like to enter them into the competition. If the dealer has a vat reserved, this is possible without concerns of mixing koi from different sources without quarantine, etc. If you are interested, a form for show vat rental is attached. Also, we offer several other opportunities to help offset the cost of putting on our show and promote our hobby. You will find a form attached where you can sponsor one or more of the awards given to the winners of the koi show. We also have a large raffle table near the club table at the entrance to the show. If you are able to contribute items for the raffle, please contact email@example.com . You will also find a form attached to reserve seats at awards banquet, this is a great informal place to meet and great with our members. You are all welcome to join us!
If you order items on more than one form, you can make your total payment with one check made payable to MPKS.
Space will be reserved on a first come first served basis.
If you are an out of town exhibitor, and need to ship items for your booth in advance (NO fish or live goods!) please contact me at the email address below.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me:
MPKS trade show chair.
We would LOVE to have your pond on the tour this year, especially if you haven’t done it recently!
It’s a fun way to show off your pond, socialize with fellow ponders, and it’s a fund raiser for the club. Participants also receive credit towards the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
The dates this year are July 22nd for the North/Northwest region, July 23rd for the Central region, July 29th for the Southwest/West region, and July 30th for the South region.
Sign up by April 1st so that maps may be printed and distributed to the vendors who sell them for the club as early as possible in the season. To sign up for the tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail (P.O. Box 3011 Lisle, IL 60532).
Please include the following information about your pond.
Name, Address, City, State, Zip, and Phone number.
Brief Description of Pond and Yard: (include size, age, unique pond/yard features and any evening hours)
Directions to your house: (From 2 nearest major intersections)
If you would like to use a previous year’s description, just email that instead.
Fill in this form at the bottom of the page to volunteer
Setup: 10:30 AM
For Sellers – Organization of Auction Lots:
Fish Auction Rules:
Silent Auction Rules:
- There are no exceptions to the rules.
- Any item brought for silent auction must be pond-related. This is not a flea market. Plants are not permissible. Fish will be entered in the voice auction only. Do not bring livestock to the Silent Auction. The auctioneer will not be kind. He will use sarcasm and irony.
- Items brought for auction will be checked in with auction staff for entry on a control sheet, after which bid tickets will be issued. No direct sales please.
- Each item will be displayed with the bid ticket prominently displayed. A minimum bid will be entered on each bid sheet, along with a very brief description of the item or items. Some items may consist of a single bidding group.
- Bids may be written on the sheets from the time they are displayed until the fish mid-auction break ends, signaling the end of the silent auction. The high bid on the sheet at that time wins the auction. Payment will be made to MPKS and the person bringing the item will be paid by check after the auction accounts have been finalized.
- Your bid on a sheet implies a contract to purchase. Do not scratch out or attempt to erase a bid. If you are not sure you want an item, do not bid.
- Up-bids will be made in one-dollar minimum increments. We will not be able to make change.
- All other auction rules published elsewhere apply.
Any disputes will be reviewed; the decision of the record keepers is final.
Whether you are buying, selling, or just helping out, we hope to see you there.
Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Announcing the 2016 MPKS Tosai Auction
With less than three weeks remaining before the MPKS Spring Koi auction, it’s decision time: How will we make room for some of those pretty little Tosai (one-year-old) koi that will be auctioned off two weeks later, on June 4th? By bringing some of your extra koi to the May 22nd Auction that’s how! These two events coordinate nicely together for our members who are always looking for something new and different to add to their collections.
This popular members-only event will once again be hosted by Bay and Bry Bateman at their home and ponds in Clarendon Hills.
(Not a member? You can join right at the event! Please come!)
This years’ collection is promising to be our best yet, featuring a newly arrived group of 17 Japanese imported Tosai selected from Kevin Pham of Genki Koi in California (picture below). In addition, we have 20 hold-overs from last year, including some excellent longfins, metallic, and doitsu koi. These koi had experienced some fin damage (now completely healed) in transport so were kept in our ponds for an extra year, making them technically “nisai” (two-year-old) koi. Rounding out the collection will be approximately 20 more Tosai to be hand selected by Bay and Bry at Koi Acres, from Devin Swansons’ recent buying trip to Japan. With close to 60 koi to choose from, there should be something for everyone!
Our club President, Dr. Bob Passovoy, an accomplished amateur auctioneer, will be presiding over the festivities, with Bryan Bateman, an AKJA Senior Certified Judge, acting as ‘color commentator’, providing background information on each koi. A complimentary light lunch will be served prior to the auction. It is sure to be an educational as well as an enjoyable afternoon and we hope to see many of you there!
Where: Bay and Bryan Batemans’ home, 245 Middaugh Rd., Clarendon Hills, 60514 (please park on the East or South sides of the streets).
Saturday, June 4, 2016. Check-in begins at 10:00 am, light lunch and refreshments to be served at 11:00 am, bidding to begin at noon.
Tosai Auction Update from Bryan (on 5/16/16) – New koi just in from Koi Acres!
The 2016 MPKS Tosai collection is now complete. After a chilly but sunny weekend at Koi Acres in Scandia, Mn, we are happy to announce that we have selected the final group of baby koi for our June 4th members-only auction. We now have close to 60 Japanese Tosai (one-year-old) and Nisai (two-year-old) koi for members to bid on at this always fun and exciting annual club event.
We couldn’t resist taking a few photos of the new arrivals before releasing them into the quarantine tank. In addition to a group photo, we have pictures of some very interesting and unusual koi we thought you might enjoy seeing (and considering bidding on!).
The Beni Kumonryu (picture A) is a striking example of the popular doitsu (scaleless) black , red, and white koi, with each color vividly displayed in a broad banded effect. Picture B is a very ‘artsy’ patterned Kikusui, with an attractive and unusual row of diamond scales along the dorsal fin. This one is sure to stand out in any pond!
Picture C shows a pair of koi that really caught our eye. The one of the left (a little out of focus – sorry!) is a Showa, one of the nicest Tosai Showa we have seen, with a very clean and well-balanced pattern, and a potential to grow into a show-quality koi. The one on the right is a “Beret Tancho Gin Rin Goshiki” (I think??) Whatever the name, it is probably the most sparkly little koi that I’ve ever seen. Wait until you see this one in the sunlight!
We feel that this is the best collection of Tosai koi that we have ever seen for our auction, and for those who may be interested in slightly larger more mature koi, the Nisai koi (which group includes a few butterfly koi) are pretty darned nice also. So save your nickels and dimes and cross your fingers for some great weather, and come to our 2016 Tosai auction on 4th of June – hope to see you then!
What is a Tosai? A one-year-old Koi
Who can bid? MPKS members
Can I become a MPKS member at the event? YES! This is a perfect time to join us.
Will I need to bring my own bags or oxygen? MPKS will supply the bags and oxygen to get your new babies home.
Will I need to quarantine since Bryan has kept the fish for a long time? The answer is always–you should quarantine any fish or plant new to your system for the specified time. Your system and your mix of bugs is unique from any other. Article on quarantine by Bryan Bateman (If you ask any doctor if you really need to go to the emergency room, they all say Yes.)
Announcing the 24th Annual MPKS Koi and Trade Show
NEW VENUE THIS YEAR
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
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.
On Saturday we will be presenting a program of speakers and topics of general interest to koi hobbyists.
- Koi and Aquaponics at 10:30 AM by Matt McCann of Quality Koi.
- Goldfish seminar at 1:30 PM by Mike Weynschenk of Southwest Koi
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
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:
email@example.com what days your might be available to help.
We hope to see you at the show!
MPKS Annual 2016 Garden & Pond Tour
July 23, 24, 30, 31
The Midwest Pond & Koi Society invites you to visit our member’s gardens and ponds. This year is our 26th year of MPKS members opening their backyards to the public. The dates are July 23rd, 24th, 30th, and 31st. The hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on each of the 4 days.
The Garden and Pond Tour is divided into regions to help minimize the travel time and increase your enjoyment of leisurely visiting the gardens and ponds. The Tour is self-guided, so you may pick and choose to visit one or all of the many beautiful gardens and ponds listed.
The four regions are:
- Saturday July 23rd South
- Sunday July 24th North/Northwest
- Saturday July 30th Central
- Sunday July 31st Southwest/West
For each region, there is a map(s) indicating all the participants in the region. Following the region map(s) is a descriptive narrative of each garden and pond. This includes the address and a description of the garden and pond, along with directions on how to get to the address.
The garden and pond tour maps are available for purchase at the vendors listed on the MPKS website. The cost is $15.00 per family and allows you to tour all four days.
Pond tour maps may also be purchased directly from MPKS. Please call (312) 409-2081 to place your order with a credit card.
Pond Tour maps are available at:
|Internet||email: firstname.lastname@example.org||email email@example.com|
|Club mailbox||Midwest Pond & Koi Society||P O Box 3011||Lisle||312-409-2081|
|South||Saunoris||6000 111th Street||Chicago Ridge||708-422-7272|
|South||Alsip Home & Nursery||20601 S. LaGrange Rd||Frankfort||815-469-2008|
|South||Touch of Green||12720 W. 159th St.||Homer Glen||708-301-2090|
|North||Platt Hill Nursery||222 W. Lake St||Bloomingdale||630-529-9394|
|North||Platt Hill Nursery||2400 Randall||Carpentersville||847-428-6767|
|North||Lurvey's Garden Center||2550 Dempster St.||Des Plaines||847-824-7411|
|North||Wild Birds Unlimited||1460 Waukegan Rd.||Glenview|
|North||Pesche's Garden Center||170 S. River Rd||Des Plaines||847-299-1300|
|North||Koi & More Pond Shop||3150 Skokie Valley Rd #10||Highland Park||847-432-7393|
|North||Hawthorn Gardens||24481 N Old McHenry Rd||Lake Zurich||847-726-0627|
|North||Knupper's Nursery||1801 Rand Rd||Palatine||847-359-1080|
|Central||McAdams Nursery & Garden Center||2001 Des Plaines||Forest Park||708-771-4903|
|Central||Hidden Gardens||16 W. 658 S. Frontage Rd.||Hinsdale||630-655-8283|
|Central||Oak Park Nat Pet & Fish||23 N. Harlem||Oak Park||708-660-9500|
|Central||Good Earth||7900 W Madison St||River Forest||708-366-9500|
|West||The Growing Place||2000 Montgomery Rd||Aurora||630-820-8088|
|West||White Water Filters||23 N Water St.||Batavia||630-406-9330|
|West||Wannemaker's||1940 Ogden Ave.||Downers Grove||630-852-0700|
|West||Stone Center Inc.||2127 Ogden Ave.||Lisle||630-971-2060|
|West||Wild Birds Unlimited||1601 Ogden Ave.||Lisle||630-968-6332|
|West||Dog Patch Pet & Feed||1108 E. Ogden Ave.||Naperville||630-420-2120|
|West||Pet Supplies Plus||720 Ogden Ave.||Naperville||630-904-2100|
|West||The Growing Place||25W471 Plank Rd.||Naperville||630-355-4000|
|West||Heinz Bros. Greenhouse||2010 E. Main St (Rt. 64)||St. Charles||630-377-6288|
|West||Wasco Nursery & Garden Center||41W781 Il Rt. 64||St. Charles||630-584-4424|
|West||Planters Palette||28W571 Roosvelt Rd.||Winfield||630-293-1040|
Sample towns within region: (not guaranteed)
South – Burr Ridge, Oak Lawn, Evergreen Park, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Homer Glen, Lockport, Lemont.
North/Northwest – Northbrook, Glenview, Mt. Prospect, Roselle, Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Kildeer, Barrington, West Dundee, Elgin, Streamwood.
Central – Lombard, Addison, Villa Park, River Forest, Oak Park, Riverside, Brookfield, Western Springs, Willowbrook.
Southwest/West – Berwyn, Brookfield, Lisle, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville
Pond Tour Dates 2016–2019Pond tour dates rotate every year. Here is the tentative schedule for the next four years: