The following report and photos are provided by Mike Hernandez and Mikki Hernandez Swanson of Tomigai.com
The Upper Midwest Koi Show, otherwise known as the Minnesota Koi Show, celebrated their 9th year with a record number of Koi as well as tanks this year. As part of their program to encourage more hobbyists to appreciate Koi, they also incorporated their tosai grow out contest together with their Koi show.
This year’s Grand Champion winner was Michael Chang with a Kohaku bred by Taniguchi. This is Michael’s second time to win Grand Champion at the Minnesota Koi show; the first time being in 2013 with another Kohaku this time bred by Marudo Koi Farm.
The Reserve Grand Champion trophy went to Michelle Gravenish with her lovely Marudo Showa, that is, incidentally, a male fish.
Both the Grand Champion and the Reserve Grand Champion have been nourished with TOMiGAi Koi Food. Michael Chang has been nourishing all his Koi, including both his Grand Champions, with TOMiGAi exclusively for over three years now.
Winning both the Grand Champion in the “B” (Non-Gosanke) division as well as the Grand Champion for the grow Out contest was Joe Retterath with his Kaneko Kujaki and Marudo Sanke, respectively.
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Koi Acres is the largest Koi retailer based in Minnesota and this year’s Minnesota Koi show was a great win for the company. Devin Swanson, who heads the Koi Division of Koi Acres, was the supplier for over 60 percent of the Koi that won Major Awards, including the Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion and the Grand Champion B.
This show is quite well-attended with hobbyists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri coming to take part in the festivities. If you ever find yourself in Minnesota during their Koi show weekend, the Koi club would love to have you visit!
Find out more about the Upper Midwest Koi Club at – http://www.uppermidwestkoiclub.org/ – or on Facebook at – https://www.facebook.com/Upper-Midwest-Koi-Club-143043245736357/