Behind the scene at this year’s Koi America had the “Michigan Group” heavily involved in set up and support of the show.  The Alexander’s and Kardynski’s Thursday morning started at 8:00am setting up 36 show tanks and laying out vendor booths.  Late Thursday and Friday morning attendees started to arrive with their Koi for competitions. Vendors set up their displays.  Teri and Bill Story (photographer) took pictures and recorded each Koi.   The Paddy’s arrived in the afternoon and added to the work crew.  The ladies started setting up the Friday evening hospitality area and the guys continued to help with set up of tanks.  Before long it was 6:00pm and the show was open to all Mid Atlantic members.

On Friday afternoon Dennis Long and Paul Baresi joined the group and helped out where needed.  It didn’t take us long to purchase tickets for the daily raffles.  Even though we all might have won something, it seems that Dennis has the knack of being a multi winner, six or seven at last count.

Saturday morning started at 9:00am with the Michigan Group being split in two and assigned to the judges.  The first group of Ray, Ron and Sylvia worked half of the arena netting, bowling and organizing the various Koi by size and categories.  The second group of Mike, Sue and Stan, from Nova Scotia, worked the other half of the arena in the same manner.  Teri and Kathy of Nova Scotia assisted the judges by recording all the results and reported the information to the recorders in the center of the arena.  The biggest reward in working with the judges is being able to listen to their conversations as they meticulously review each Koi.  The judging of the 140 or so Koi ended at 4:30pm with little time left to prepare for a 6:00pm awards banquet.

The banquet was time to relax and review the results of the show.  Ray and Teri’s Asagi won best in jumbo class with their Kuhaku and Sanke coming in second in their class.  Mike and Sylvia’s newly purchased at the show, a Hi Utsuri, received a novice award.  Ray presented Richard and Donna Steele our MKPC Friendship Award for their long fin Asagi.

All good things come to an end but don’t tell that to Ray and Teri!  As we all went our separate ways Ray and Teri remained to help out in the short handed tear down.  The storming weather ride home was no easy task and they were sure glad to see their house at 2:00am.