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2016 Koi Shows and Koi Events
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Feb 12-14, 2016 - 26th Annual KCSD Koi Show
Held at the Activity Center of the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This is a hobbyist koi show and will be conducted English style where the koi of each exhibitor will be kept together in their own tank(s). Koi dealers (one that has a business license or name for the purpose of selling koi) or employees of koi dealers are Not allowed to enter. However, exhibitors may be engaged in selling of dry pond or koi related products or an employee of a dry product dealer.

March 20-21 2016 - 39th Annual ZNA Southern California Koi Show & Festival
Hosted at the Gardena Civic Center. People interested in building a Koi pond or water garden and koi husbandry will be especially interested in attending the fair. There will be specialists presenting lectures on pond design, water gardens, filter systems, and koi health. If you’ve ever dreamed of having that special garden hideaway, with beautiful fish and the tranquil sound of running water, this is a must attend event.

March 12-14, 2016 - Central Florida Koi Show
Location: 6515 International Dr. Orlando, Florida, The show features judging of koi brought to the show by private individuals and a vendor fair. Come meet and visit with local Koi hobbyist as well as have the opportunity to view the beautiful Koi and latest equitment/supplies.

April 3-4, 2016 - 31th All Japan Young Koi Show
Hosted by All Japan Nishikigoi Promotion Association, Kyushu Region, Location: Sunmesse Tosu, 1819 Hondosu-machi, Tosu-shi, Saga, Japan.

April 16-18, 2016 - 20th Annual Texas Koi and Fancy Goldfish Society's Fish Sale
Water Garden Gems in Marion Texas will again be the location of the event. Free education seminars related to fish and fish ponds all day on Saturday, April 17th. In addition there will be a TKFGS fundraising raffle, membership drive, and a live koi judging seminar with prizes.

April 3-4, 2016 - Annual Greater Phoenix Koi Show
Hosted by Valley of the Sun Koi Club, Location: Margaret T. Hance Park & Japanese Gardens, 67 W Culver St Phoenix, AZ

April 20-21, 2016 - 31st AKA Koi Show
Hosted by Australian Koi Association, Location: Sydney, Australia

April 27-28, 2016 - INTERKOI 2011 (KLAN) Show
Location: Messe Niederrhein Rheinburg, Germany

May 4-5, 2016 - Southern Arizona Koi Association Annual Koi Pond Tour
A self guided tour of 12 beautiful ponds around the Tucson, AZ area.

May 10-12, 2016 - The 10th Dutch Koi & Pond Days
Hosted by Koi 2000, Location: Beekse Bergen 1, Safaripark Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, the Netherlands, email: info@koi2000.com

May 17-20, 2016 - 31th Annual AKCA Seminar in Nashville TN
Hosted at Millenium Maxwell House Hotel. The room rate is $129, if reservations are made by 4/28/10. Call 800-457-4460

May 20, 2016 - Koi Society of Western Australia Show
Hosted by Koi Society of Western Australia, Location: Cannington Greyhounds, Cannington, WA, Australia

May 30-31, 2016 - South Hants Open Show
Hosted by South Hants Section of the British Koi Keepers, Location: Havant Leisure Centre, Civic Centre rd, Havant, PO9 2AY

June 12-13, 2016 - Oregon Koi & Watergarden Society 11th Annual Koi Show
Sherms Thunderbird, N.W. Stewart Pkwy, Roseburg, OR. Contact: Norman Call, 541-496-3403 or dogwood@mcsi.net

June 25-27, 2016 - Koi and Goldfish Show
Plantes Ferry Park, Spokane Valley, WA. Featuring: 'Battle of the Breeders' Koi Competiton between domestic and Japanese koi breeders. Thank you for the Koi provided by Purdin Koi and Kodama Koi Farm.

June 26-27, 2016 - New England Water Garden & Ornamental Fish Show
The Pioneer Valley Water Garden & Koi Club (PVWG&KC) is proud to present the Fifth Annual New England Water Garden & Ornamental Fish Show (NEWGOFS). This two day event will consist of an array of beautiful Water Garden and Landscape Displays, an English Style Koi Show, Goldfish Show, Container Water Garden Contest, and Lecture Series. There will be raffles and free show giveaways throughout the weekend. Koi Show Coordinator, Karen Pattist at pattist@snet.net.

July ??, 2016 - Northwest Koi & Goldfish Club 32st Annual Koi & Goldfish Show
World Forestry Center, Portland, OR. Contact Dale Rohrer 503-698-3379 dalerohrer@verizon.net

August ??, 2016 - Idaho Watergarden & Koi Society 22th Annual Koi Show
Boise Depot 2603 W. Eastover Terrance. Contact Bob Dethman 208-939-6064 sudethm@cs.com

August ??, 2016 - Puget Sound Koi Club 17th Annual Young Koi Show
Hoshi Koi, 5002 44th St. E., Tacoma, WA. Contact Phil Ricigliano 360-895-6009 rigley2@msn.com

August 20-22, 2016 - 20th NVN Koi Dagen (Holland Koi Show)
Hosted by Nishikigoi Vereniging Nederland, Location: Kasteltuin, Arcen nr Venlo. The Netherlands, Contact: Toen Feyen, NVN, email: toen.feyen@wxs.nl

August 31, 2016 - Upper Midwest 6th Annual Koi Show
Location: St Paul Central Library 90 4th St W St Paul, MN 55102-1605 (651) 266-7000

Sept 1-3, 2016 - The Dallas Koi Kichi Group 11th Annual Show
Show presented by the Dallas Koi Kichi Group is shaping up to be quite an exciting happening. Whether you call it an event, a Festival or extravaganza, it is three days of almost nonstop activities, Location: FRISCO SQUARE

Sept 8-9, 2016 - Washington Koi and Water Garden Society's 22th Annual Koi Show
The WK & WSG 19th Annual Koi show will be held in conjunction with the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association's Aki Matsuri, a celebration of Japanese culture. Sunday will bring the popular Judges "seminar" of the koi. This is a "walking around" conversation with the judges, discussing from a judges point out how they make their selections. This is a great way to understand the finer points of quality koi. After the judges are finished and you have a chance to relax, then on to the show auction. Get you number early, find a seat and enjoy bidding on some great items.

September 15-16, 2016 - ZNA Potomac Chapter Koi Show
Hosted by ZNA Potomac Koi Club, Location: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, Vienna, Virginia, USA

September 15-16, 2016 - The 17th annual Koi Show and 5th Annual Goldfish Show
Hosted by Atlanta Koi Club, Location: Coastal Pond, 2101 Tucker Industrial Rd, Tucker GA

Sept 22-23, 2016 - Camellia Koi Club 15th Annual Show
Location: County Fairgrounds, Roseville, CA. Camellia Koi Club 12th Annual Show

Oct 5-7, 2016 - 2016 Regional South Carolina Koi Show
Held at Heritage Park, conveniently located just off I-385 in Simpsonville, SC. Interest in water gardening and koi keeping continues to boom in our area. The upstate of South Carolina is one of the fastest growing areas in the southeast and we expect an excellent turnout.

October 5-7, 2016 - Regional South Carolina Koi Show
Hosted by The South Carolina Koi and Watergarden Society, Location: Greenville, SC, email: melbar203@aol.com

October ??, 2016 - Carolina Classic Young Koi Show
Hosted by the North Carolina Koi & Water Garden Society, Email: gardankoi@aol.com

November ??, 2016 - ZNA Southern Koi
Hosted by ZNA Southern Koi Association, Email: jwkoi@aol.com

Little Bit of Koi Farming History
There is a lot of information available on koi farming history and they don’t all agree on when koi were first farmed. One of the reasons is because there is a problem with translations. The word koi in Japanese means carp and there are many varieties of carp. Nishikigoi means brocaded carp and those are the beautiful fish we enjoy today. Magoi is the Japanese word for the common black carp (Cyprinus carpio) and this is the fish that all Nishikigoi descended from. Goi also means carp in Japanese but it is only used correctly when tagged onto the end of a word such as Nishikigoi, Kigoi, Midorigoi, etc. Most everyone involved in this hobby refer to the Nishikigoi as just Koi. So, when you find information relating to Koi in Japan dating back to 200 BC that is when the invading Chinese brought the common black carp to Japan. The statement “Contrary to common belief Koi farming did not originate in Japan” is true if you are referring to the common carp but not true when referring to Nishikigoi.

Rice farmers of Yamakoshigo, a village in the Niigata prefecture on the northwestern coast of mainland Japan, started farming carp in the ponds used to irrigate their rice paddies to use as a protein supplement to their rice diet.

Even though there are some very old paintings showing carp with color mutations such as red fins it wasn’t until the beginning of the 19th century that rice farmers in the Niigata prefecture began to collect and farm carp with color mutations of red, white and yellow.

The Japanese use the reign of their emperors when referring to historical events. This is also true of the development of Nishikigoi.

Bunka and Bunsei Era (1804-1829): During this era the first koi with red were farmed in Japan. At first, their red markings appeared on their cheeks. White koi were also farmed and crossed with the koi that had red cheeks. The end result was white koi with red abdomens.

Tenpo Era (1830-1843): Farming efforts continued to strive for change that would make the koi more appealing to the eye. White Koi with red located on the forehead was referred to as Zukinkaburi. Red covering the entire head was called Menkaburi, red on the lips only was Kuchibeni (lipstick).

Meija Era (1868-1912): This is the era when the Kohaku were developed thru extensive farming. This is also the era when carp from Germany were first introduced to Japan and bred with the Nishikigoi. This is where the Doitsu (German) varieties come from. There are two types of German carp. One type has no scales and is called the leather carp and the other has large scales along each side of the dorsal fin and along the lateral line only (mirror carp).

Taisho Era (1912-1926): This is when the Taisho Sanke was perfected. It is a white koi with a red and black pattern. Sanke means tri-colored. Sanke may have appeared at the end of the Meija Era. Shiro Utsuri (black with white markings) was introduced at the end of this era. In 1914 some of the most beautiful varieties were shown at an exposition in Tokyo where some of these colored carp were presented to Crown Prince Hirohito. This is where it really got started.

Showa Era (1927-1989): Showa Sanshoku (sanshoku also means tri-colored). This is the last of the varieties referred to as Gosanke (the big three) which includes the Kohaku, Sanke, and Showa. These are the three varieties of koi most prized by the Japanese and advanced koi hobbyist all over the world with the Kohaku being #1. These varieties are the ones that win most of the top prizes in koi shows.

This period has seen the most advancements in the koi hobby with many new varieties being introduced and improvements in the first varieties. This is also the era when koi were first introduced to the United States and Europe. As with anything else koi related you can find information stating different dates when koi farming first arrived in the US. During my extensive research of koi, I've read that Nishikigoi first became popular in the United States when introduced to California during the mid 1960s.

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