Koi club brings show, competition to Carmel

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Judges look at a koi at a previous show. (Submitted photo)

Judges look at a koi at a previous show. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner

The Northern Midwest Zen Nippon Airinkai Koi Club will hold a show and competition featuring more than 100 varieties of koi on display at the gazebo at Carmel City Hall, One Civic Square.

Koi will be on display at the gazebo Sept. 17 and 18.

Koi will be on display at the gazebo Sept. 17 and 18.

Hobbyists will have koi in tanks at the gazebo and will compete in 20 different categories. Prizes will be awarded for grand champion, reserve champion, best of size and best of type, among other categories. The show is open to the public.

“These are guys that are hardcore koi hobbyists,” Show Chair Chester Bailey said. “Most people start out in the koi hobby as a water garden, and then they find out about koi and put them into the garden. Some of those peopl,e like myself, and other people from our club get really more interested in the koi. They travel to Japan to buy koi. This show is like any other animal show. It’s a competition.”

The show will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18. This is the fifth annual show in Carmel and the 15th overall.

“Our main goal is to provide the show, open it up to the public as a free event, and we are trying to promote the hobby through the show itself,” Bailey said. “There will be vendors there, a few wet vendors selling koi imported from Japan and  pond supplies. The show is open to the public to promote the hobby and provide resources for the people who have interest as well as an opportunity to buy koi as well as supplies for their pond.”

For more, visit nmzna.net.

Koi Club show

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 18

Where: Gazebo at Carmel City Hall, One Civic Square

Cost: Free

More info: nmzna.net

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