By Sally Karo
says Oregon is famous for its rain? Judging of our 24th Annual Show
was held on Saturday, July 24th, in 104 degree weather. It was Portland
Oregon’s hottest day of the year. We have been grateful of our purchase
of the beautiful white tent over our Koi tanks before, but no more so than this year, in the stifling weather. It was slightly cooler on Sunday, the 25th, but not so you would really notice.
started out very warm. Our Show Chair, Virginia Hokkanen and her co-Chair, Leo
Marsh, greeted the public and opened our Show, by introducing our well known and distinguished Judges. This year, we were honored to have James P. Riley, AKCA / ZNA Local Certified Judge, as our Head Koi Judge. Charles R. Poppe, AKCA / ZNA Local Certified Judge, Debbie Young, AKCA Koi Judge and
Larry Gill, AKCA Koi Judge rounded out the team as our Assistant Judges. Scott
Taylor was our prestigious Goldfish Judge.
to Right: Show Chair Virginia Hokkanen; AKCA / ZNA Local Certified Judge, Charles
R. Poppe; AKCA / ZNA Local Certified Judge, Debbie Young; AKCA Koi Judge, Larry Gill; Head Koi Judge, James P. Riley, AKCA
/ ZNA Local Certified Judge; and Scott Taylor, Head Goldfish Judge.
the temperatures soared, our knowledgeable water quality team, headed by our President Mike Rice, kept our fish safe and protected
with excellent water quality. Many worried about the fish’s safety, but
they all came through with Living Jewel colors.
Sunday, we held Educational Seminars, put on by the Judges and our own Oregon resident, Dr Tim Miller-Morgan, DVM, did a Seminar
on Koi Health. Great job Dr Tim.. what an excuse to get out of the heat. Did
I mention the Goldfish are in an air conditioned building
Vendors got warm right along with the rest of us. The Sales Table crew, worked
really hard. They sold everything fishy; fish windsocks, stuffed fish, fish sunglasses,
tee shirts, books and other educational items, test kits, and other knick Knacks. Our
Concession Stand duo, out did themselves. We even had Egg McKoi Muffins and Chicken
Caesar Salad this year. Combined with our hot and polish dogs, kraut, rib barbeque,
pizza, and exquisitely catered Awards Banquet, you can tell next to fish, we love to eat !
We had 8 Koi Vendors and
two goldfish vendors in attendance, from all over the US. Several artists, some
wonderful seamstress’s dashing needlework, a pump manufacturer, hand made Koi jewelry, Koi Shirts, and water plants
to browse through. ? An awesome Auction was held on Sunday afternoon
to help raise the money for next year’s Show…… I hope it is
a lot cooler.
|Our Grand Champion was a beautiful Showa, owned by Bill and Marianne Blackburn.
|Reserve Champion was a Kohaku, also owned by Bill and Marianne Blackburn.
|Young Champion was a Sanke, owned by Leo Marsh and Virginia Hokkanen.
|Baby Champion was a Kohaku, owned by Steve Huey.
in Size 1 was a Kohaku, owned by Steve Huey.
in Size 2 was a Shiro Utsuri, owned by Bob and Mary Johnson.
in Size 3 was a Kin Gin Rin Showa, owned by Dan and Sharon Olson.
in Size 4 was a Kohaku, owned by Don and Joan King.
in Size 5 was a Sanke owned by Dan and Sharon Olson.
in Size 6 was a Sanke, owned by Jeff and Penny Thomas.
The AKCA fish was a Kin
Gin Rin Chagoi owned by Leo Marsh and Virginia Hokkanen.