Don't forget to put a date in your diary for the East of England Koi Show, which takes place over the weekend of July 20-21.
This year’s show, sponsored by Koyoshi Premium Koi Foods, The Japanese Koi Company and RotoInnovations will have 50 vats of Koi being displayed in the centre ring, which is being exclusively sponsored by the UK Ogata Koi Dealers Network via their representative UK dealers of Coastal Koi, Dock Koi, Koi Logic and Koi Masters.
The organisers anticipate having around 350 of the best Koi in the UK being exhibited from just 15cm/6" right up to nearly 1m/40" in length for you to cast your eye over!
Once you’re done looking over the Koi and trying to work out for yourself which one is going to take the Grand Champion prize you’ll find a wide array of Koi dealers selling both all the dry goods you could possibly need for your pond as well as a wide range of Koi for you to choose from and a selection of craft and plant stalls offering you another chance to spend your Koi tokens!
The trade stands include:
Fuji Fish and Foods
Heat Pumps 4 Pools
Isle Of Ely Koi
Jammy Fold Koi
Koi Carp Magazine
S & C Koi
Steve Cleverdon Acers and Maples
Sunny Bank Koi
Walsh Glass Design
Wooden Koi Company
There will also be regular demonstrations on how to create a bonsai from a stock plant as well as the ability to bring your own along for a trim, reshape and health check up if required.
There will be a display of another Japanese fish — the Ranchu — at this year's show by the United Kingdom Ranchu Association who will be bringing along some of their show quality fish.
You’ll also find the attendance of the Japanese Akita Welfare Trust, who will be promoting the work they do in helping rescue and rehabilitate Akitas in need.
There’s a range of catering options available should you find yourself craving something to eat, and for those of you that aren’t driving, there’s a licensed bar on site for the weekend as well.
The show is being held at The Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 4NL which is just minutes from the A14, A1 and M11 on July 20-21. Entrance is just £5 with under 16’s free when accompanied, making it a cheap day out for all the family.
For the latest news and updates as well as directions to the show, please visit the show website.
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