The Northern Goldfish and Pondkeepers Society (NGPS) held its annual Open Show at St Matthews Church Hall, Stretford, Manchester on Saturday, September 14 2013, reports Dr David Ford.
There were 164 entries, from NGPS and the other UK goldfish clubs – Goldfish Society of Great Britain, Bristol AS, Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers and North East Goldfish Society.
There were 65 classes – which seems a lot of different goldfish, but this includes the Nationwide Standards for UK goldfish societies for the Common, London Shubunkin, Bristol Shubunkin, Comet, Fantail, Pearlscale, Veiltail, Broadtail Moor, Oranda and Redcap, Globe eye, Bubble eye, Lionhead, Celestial and Pom-Pon.
Then there are Breeders and Pairs etc. in each class, plus items like Aquarium and Pond photographs.
As always, there was hot and cold food and drinks available all day, a large raffle, plus table displays by the prize sponsors (exclusively Aquarian®), and a lecture by the NGPS Vice-president, Dr David Ford on 'The History and Future of the Aquarium'.
The Best in Show was a Fantail goldfish by Bob Jones of NGPS, shown at the top of the page.
Shown below are the goldfish judges pointing each entry for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each of the 65 classes. After judging, the show was open to the public for free entry and viewing.
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