Camellia Koi Club’s 2017 Koi Show “A Taste of Excellence”

By Monica Stark




The Camellia Koi Club will hold an educational and fun event featuring pond builders, fountains, landscape and other vendors, artists and beautiful koi on Saturday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg. Qualified judges are on hand to explain how koi are judged. The event is free admission and free to park. The purpose of the Camellia Koi Club is to promote, create and enlarge the hobby of keeping, breeding, appreciating and exhibiting Koi. This show is one way to accomplish that. For more information, visit
Valley Community Newspapers got in touch with various club members to discuss their involvement with the club and their love of koi.
Club member Bob Haugland has been a member ever since he dug the hole. “My pond is small so I only have seven fish. Six of them are three years old and about 18 inches. I have one that’s five years old and 24 inches because when I had a very bad problem with my pond, three years ago, a Camellia member came out and helped me save this one.” He said he usually buys young, small koi because he likes to watch them grow. “Once you have a few years invested in these guys, you become very attached to them. Some of my fish even have names. It takes a few years before you can tell if it’s a girl-fish or a boy-fish so I try to use appropriate names. Lulu grew up to be Lou, and Marilyn Monroe became Monroe. I feed them five or six times a day so they’ll grow as fast as possible. They’re very impressive when they’re very big,” he says.
Another club member, Jerold Kyle, joined the CKC in 2001 to have a hobby to keep him busy in retirement. “Joining a club gets one invited into some back yards one would otherwise never be privileged to view. Another plus is instead of learning from your mistakes building a pond, you can more easily learn from other’s successes. Much more fun that way. The Japanese call Koi the ‘Jewels of The Garden’ for good reason. To raise special jewels does not just happen as success depends on learning Mother Nature’s rules.” Understanding a healthy pond environment is key, he explains. One of his fish, a white koi qualifies as a Jumbo Koi meaning it is at least a meter in length (over 39.3 inches) which can only happen in a healthy environment and virtually never happens in a normal backyard pond. How did it happen? He explains: “In the beginning, a club ‘old timer’ took me under his wing and helped me make better choices developing my pond environment. Now I am an old timer and carry on the tradition. It is what we do. A plus to all this is the CKC is very social so one will make great friends. We are all about friends helping friends. And sharing successes. I joined for the Koi and remain for the people. Consider this an invitation to others who have a desire to enjoy the serenity of having special Jewels of the Garden.”

If you go:
What: Camellia Koi Club’s 2017 Koi Show “A Taste of Excellence”
When:Saturday, Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Old Sugar Mill, 35265 Willow Ave., Clarksburg
Cost: Free admission, free parking

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