Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awlGwQggFlA
Over the weekend I made the long drive from Northern Minnesota down to Minneapolis to attend the Upper Midwest Koi Show. The last time I went to this show was back in 2010, and Southwest Koi and Goldfish (a vendor from Chicago) was there selling fish. I called them a couple months ago to see if they'd be at the show this year and to ask them to bring along some nice metallic butterfly telescopes for me. I got my fish room all set up in time for the show and made sure to be there right when the doors opened so I could have first choice of the butterflies. So imagine my dismay when I walked up to see not a single butterfly! It was quite a let-down, to say the least. But they said there were some on order that just hadn't arrived on time and that they would ship to me if I wanted (they usually don't ship fish). So it's still an option. I'm also keeping an eye on the Dandy Orandas auctions, as usual.
Even though I was disappointed by the lack of butterflies, I still had a good time looking at all the beautiful koi at the show. Lately I've been thinking I'd really love to someday have a big koi pond with a few koi. My favorite type of koi is a butterfly ginrin platinum ogon, while my husband is partial to the tancho. Maybe we'll have one of each. I like those formal raised ponds that have a viewing window on the side.
Anyway, I took lots of pictures and video (see above for video) at the show to share with you guys, so let's get started!
|Waiting for the doors to open.|
|The welcome table was situated front and center.|
|Hand painted awards for winning koi.|
|They were beautiful and so big!|
|Award for grand champion long fin.|
|Award for best male.|
|Award for best in size 1.|
|View of the show from the front.|
|View of the show from the back. So many fish tubs!|
|This butterfly platinum ogon was my favorite!|
|More show fish.|
|Southwest Koi and Goldfish.|
|Orandas, ranchus, and telescope eye orandas.|
|Large ryukins and orandas.|
|Shubunkins and comets.|
|Assorted goldfish for sale.|
|This broadtail ryukin was my favorite goldfish for sale.|
Have you ever been to a koi or goldfish show? Share your thoughts in the comments!