Goldfish show season gets under way

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 Dean Roberts' Pearlscale goldfish won Best in Show. Dean Roberts' Pearlscale goldfish won Best in Show.
Goldfish show season gets under way

Dean Roberts' Pearlscale goldfish won Best in Show.

This gorgeous Pearlscale goldfish was the winner at the AMGK (Association of Midland Goldfish Keepers) in Coventry at its Open Show on Saturday, June 24, 2017.


WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHY: DR. DAVID FORD

This club starts the season of shows by the Nationwide Goldfish Societies of the UK.

The Nationwide Clubs also include NGPS (Northern Goldfish & Pondkeepers Society), BAS (Bristol Aquarist Society) and NEGS (North East Goldfish Society). There are hundreds of pedigree varieties of UK-bred goldfish on show and each club holds an auction where the goldfish can be bought at often low prices.

There were the 211 entries in the AMGK Show, judged to the Nationwide Standards in the many classes of the 20 varieties of goldfish. 

The auction saw 66 lots of different goldfish varieties being sold to over 40 visitors.

The Show ended with certificates and trophies being awarded to the Best in each Class. That Pearlscale is owned by NGPS member Dean Roberts...

These were some of the other winners at the AMGK Show...

 Ranchu.

Ranchu.

 Oranda.

Oranda.

 Nacreous Veiltail.

Nacreous Veiltail.

 Common goldfish.

Common goldfish.

 Tosakin.

Tosakin.

There was a grand raffle and hot and cold food available all day — as at all the Nationwide Shows. If you are a goldfish lover, try to attend at least one of their shows.

Their 2017 calendar looks like this:
Sunday, July 16: NEGS at Redby Community Centre, Fulwell Road, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR6 9QU.
Sunday, September 3: BAS at The Hengrove Community Centre, Fortfield Road, Bristol BS14 9NX. 
Saturday, September 16: NGPS at St. Matthews Church Hall, Chester Road, Stretford, Manchester M32 8HF. 
Saturday, September 30: Nationwide (with all the above Societies) at The Horsehay Village Hall, Bridge Road, Horsehay, Telford TF4 2NF.