Monday, September 26, 2016
|Guess where the koi show was at?|
Text and photos by Jerry Pickard
Washington Koi and Water Garden Society held their 25th Annual Koi Show Saturday and Sunday September 24 and 25 at Sky Nursery.
|Wind socks, t-shirts, pens, mobiles - all things koi for sale|
In 1990 on a cold winter night Chris and Val Moore, owners of Moorehaven Water Gardens, got together with twelve of their steady customers and officially founded Washington Koi and Water Garden Society.
Word got out and at the next meeting in January of 1991 thirty five people showed up and joined the club.
|Members brought their prize fish for the beauty contest|
Club meetings were interesting and informative, with a guest speaker at each meeting lecturing on all aspects of Koi keeping, including care and feeding, diseases and treatment, water quality, and classification of the Koi.
|Baby koi for sale|
Meetings were fun and snacks were provided by members on a rotating basis. Guest speakers were video taped and copies of the tapes were available from the club's library. The first show was staged at Country Village north of Bothell with judges from Japan and U.S. clubs.
|2016 Grand Champion|
This year's show at Sky Nursery - their 25th - was well attended. Adult koi were auctioned off with lively bidding.
Club meetings are held at the Bothell Police Station from January through May. June, July and August meetings are usually held at Commercial member's places of business.
September through November also are held at the Bothell Police Station. No meeting in December.
Visitors are welcome. For more information, contact the membership chair.