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Be an Exhibitor at the 2017 Trade Show


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.

Trade show

Looking at the Vats

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 . 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:

Bruce Zierk

MPKS trade show chair.

2017 Pond Tour

MPKS Annual 2017 Garden & Pond Tour

July 22, 23, 29, 301

The Midwest Pond & Koi Society invites you to visit our member’s gardens and ponds. This year is our 27th year of MPKS members opening their backyards to the public. The dates are July 22nd, 23rd, 29th, and 30th. 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 22nd   North/Northwest
  • Sunday   July 23rd   Central
  • Saturday July 29th   Southwest/West
  • Sunday   July 30th   South

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:

Internetemail: pondtour@mpks.orgemail
Club mailboxMidwest Pond & Koi SocietyP O Box 3011Lisle312-409-2081
SouthSaunoris6000 111th StreetChicago Ridge708-422-7272
SouthAlsip Home & Nursery20601 S. LaGrange RdFrankfort815-469-2008
SouthTouch of Green12720 W. 159th St.Homer Glen708-301-2090
NorthPlatt Hill Nursery222 W. Lake StBloomingdale630-529-9394
NorthPlatt Hill Nursery2400 RandallCarpentersville847-428-6767
NorthLurvey's Garden Center2550 Dempster St.Des Plaines847-824-7411
NorthWild Birds Unlimited1460 Waukegan Rd.Glenview
NorthPesche's Garden Center170 S. River RdDes Plaines847-299-1300
NorthKoi & More Pond Shop3150 Skokie Valley Rd #10Highland Park847-432-7393
NorthHawthorn Gardens24481 N Old McHenry RdLake Zurich847-726-0627
NorthKnupper's Nursery1801 Rand RdPalatine847-359-1080
CentralMcAdams Nursery & Garden Center2001 Des PlainesForest Park708-771-4903
CentralHidden Gardens16 W. 658 S. Frontage Rd.Hinsdale630-655-8283
CentralOak Park Nat Pet & Fish23 N. HarlemOak Park708-660-9500
CentralGood Earth7900 W Madison StRiver Forest708-366-9500
WestThe Growing Place2000 Montgomery RdAurora630-820-8088
WestWhite Water Filters23 N Water St.Batavia630-406-9330
WestWannemaker's1940 Ogden Ave.Downers Grove630-852-0700
WestStone Center Inc.2127 Ogden Ave.Lisle630-971-2060
WestWild Birds Unlimited1601 Ogden Ave.Lisle630-968-6332
WestDog Patch Pet & Feed1108 E. Ogden Ave.Naperville630-420-2120
WestPet Supplies Plus720 Ogden Ave.Naperville630-904-2100
WestThe Growing Place25W471 Plank Rd.Naperville630-355-4000
WestHeinz Bros. Greenhouse2010 E. Main St (Rt. 64)St. Charles630-377-6288
WestWasco Nursery & Garden Center41W781 Il Rt. 64St. Charles630-584-4424
WestPlanters Palette28W571 Roosvelt Rd.Winfield630-293-1040

Sample towns within region: (not guaranteed)

South –  Westmont, Clarendon Hills, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, Countryside, Willowbrook, Dolton, Oak Lawn, Orland Park,  Lemont.

North/Northwest – Waukegan, Kildeer, Northbrook, Glenview, Chicago, Roselle,  Arlington Heights, Hanover Park, Rolling Meadows, Carol Stream, Elgin, Streamwood, Kenosha WI.

Central – Lombard, River Forest, Oak Park, Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield, Berwyn .

Southwest/West –  Elburn, Batavia, Wheaton, Lisle, Downers Grove, Bolingbrook, Plainfield, Naperville

Pond Tour Dates 2016–2019

Pond tour dates rotate every year. Here is the tentative schedule for the next four years:
First Weekend2016201720182019
Second Weekend2016201720182019