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  • Annual Show

MAS traditionally holds an annual event that is open to the public, celebrates the accomplishments of its members, and builds enthusiasm in the hobby. 

Since the Covid pandemic of 2020, MAS is unable to hold in-person public events.  Once holding a large public event is safe, MAS expects to resume with another Aquarium Expo.

Aquarium Expo (2019...)
In 2019 MAS launched a new approach to its annual event.  Rather than focus on competition at a privately rented facility (as had been the tradition), MAS focused on outreach to all local aquarists - promoting the hobby and sharing the value of the Aquarium Society.  Members displayed their fish, plants, and aquascaped aquaria.  Local experts gave hourly presentations.   Select members led discussions about their fishrooms.  The atrium hosted displays, live food demos, and hourly raffles.  Niche vendors sold their wares in the marketplace room.  And not least, attendees were introduced to MAS and engaged in conversation with its members.  See the 2019 event site.

earlier years: the Aquarium Show
From the 70s through 2018, the annual event was based upon a "Show" -- with the main focus on aquarists setting up tanks to show off their fish and compete as each entry was judged.  From the 70s through the 90s these events were held in the center display areas of major malls (e.g., Rosedale) and in the Conservatory at Como Zoo.  As times changed, the event shifted to rented facilities such as hotels or a VFW.  The event climaxed with members and friends gathering and socializing at the awards banquet, which featured recognition of winning displays and a keynote speaker who was flown in for the event.
Aquarium Expo 1019 recap image
What a day!  Over one thousand visitors attended. Open all day were the atrium with its many booths and live food demos, Marketplace to view and purchase niche products, and of course the two Aquarium Display rooms on the upper level.  Throughout the day we kept a manageable pace with hourly presentations as well local aquarists discussing their fishrooms.  And the hourly raffles drew a crowd each hour.  Here are videos and over one hundred photos to help us remember the day.

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Redemption Lutheran Church
927 East Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN

Saturday April 7Noon - 5:00pm

Sunday, April 8Noon - 4:00pm


Special Talks:  
Bill Shields, commercial fish breeder
Teresa Seaberg, MAS member

mas show tanks row
• rows of aquaria, fish, and plants on display
• kid's activities
• raffles
• swap meet
• talk to local aquairum experts


Now open: Online Registration for Showing Fish/Plants

Note:kids' activities are denoted in brown
Friday, April 6  
2:00pm - 10:00pm register and setup tank entries
8:00pm
Registration Deadline
tanks must be setup by 9 pm (when facility closes)
 9:00pm

 fish room closes

 
Saturday, April 7   
 8:00am - noon

closed to public :  judging of entries

 
noon - 5:30pm 

display opens to the public

Kids Activity: coloring (open all afternoon)

 12:00pm swap meet
 12:30pm - 1:00pm

Kids Activity: Bobbing for Piranhas

 1:15pm

raffle 1

 1:30pm talk by Bill Shields: TBA 
 2:30pm

Kids Activity: tank decorating contest

 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Kids Activity: Bobbing for Piranhas

 3:45pm

raffle 2

 4:00pm talk by Teresa Seaberg: "How to Repair a Tank" 
5:30pm fish room closes
6:00pm - 10:00pm Award Banquet at David Fong's
 6:00pm social time
 6:15pm bubble bingo - $5.00 per card pack
 7:00pm dinner
 7:30pm awards announced
 7:45pm fish auction
 8:00pm talk by Bill Shields
Those not attending the banquet are welcome for a cost of $5 per person.
Sunday, April 8   
noon - 4:00pm fish room open
noon - 3:30pm pick up your trophies
1:00pm panel discussion: Get to Know Your Board of Directors
 2:45pm

raffle 3

 3:00pm

large item raffle - must be present to win

4:00pm tear down begins