2008 SouthWestern Coral Farmers Market Third Annual Event

Date: Sunday, February 24th, 2008
Time: 10:30 AM to 4 PM
Location: Hilton Ontario Airport Hotel, 700 North Haven Avenue,Ontario, California 91764
Website: http://www.sw-cfm.com/

This 2008 Coral Farmers Market sanctioned event is the third annual event run by the SouthWestern Coral Farmers Market company. We now have confirmed reservations for 35 coral farming and exhibiting vendors who will be selling or displaying their captive grown, cultured corals or reef related products to the public. This is scheduled to be the largest Coral Farmers Market event to date. This will also be one of the largest displays of the absolute best exotic captive grown corals ever presented to the buying public. We expectat least 400 total attendees.


Some of the best coral farming vendors from Southern California, the states of Utah, Nevada and Arizona along with farmers from the California Bay Area and Sacramento will be setting up coral displays. Farmers include aquarists, retail reef shops, online coral shops and full scale coral farming enterprises. There will also be exhibitors present who will be demonstrating and selling their products. This SW-CFM event will also feature coral auctions, raffles and door prizes throughout the day. Reef aquarists new to the captive reef market can also expect to see a fine collection of easy to keep beginner corals. For the first time in a Coral Farmers Market event we will also have a Marine Fish Hatchery company exhibiting and selling captive bred marine fish. Aquarists and enthusiasts can attend this one-day event by purchasing a SouthWestern Coral Farmers Market day ticket online for ($15) up to 4 weeks prior to the event. Within 4 weeks of the event the online ticket prices will be ($25). Tickets will also be sold at the door ($30) during the day of the event, but may be limited by occupancy restrictions. We are also encouraging our farmers to bring plently of farmed soft corals along with their usual excellent farmed stony corals.

The 24th Annual Raleigh Aquarium Society Workshop and Auction

Dates: Friday, February 29th – Sunday, March 2, 2008
Location: NC State Centennial Campus, Engineering Building 1, 911 Partner’s Way, Raleigh, NC 27606
Website: http://raleighaquariumsociety.org/main.html

Please note that this is a different location from years past. Here is the schedule:

Friday: The native fish collecting trip will be during the day and our Marine Aquarium presentations will be that night. So far we know we have Brian Plankis of Project DIBS speaking and we are in the process of confirming our second speaker. There will also likely be a frag swap and fragging demonstrations that night. More details will follow.

Saturday: Saturday will include several freshwater fish and plant presentations as well as some general presentations which pertain to both freshwater and marine aquaria. More details will follow.

Sunday: This is our annual auction of fish, plants, corals, inverts, dry goods, tanks, and anything else aquarium related. Anyone is welcome to buy or sell. A portion of all proceeds go to benefit The Raleigh Aquarium Society and costs related to the workshop.

More details will follow. If anyone has any questions about the Workshop, please feel free to e-mail carmiejo@hotmail.com or Ltwaddle@yahoo.com.

Midwest Frag Fest

Date: May 3-4, 2008
Time: Saturday (9 AM – 5 PM), Banquette @ 6 PM; Sunday (9 AM – 2 PM), raffle 3 PM
Location: Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center, 7801 E State Street, Rockford, IL 61108-2721, US
Website: http://midwestfragfest.com/index.html

Midwest Frag Fest is the premier coral conference across the midwest. Frag Fest 2008 will be held on May 3rd and 4th at the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center located just off of I-90 in Rockford IL. Our goal is not only to provide both hobbyists and vendors across the region with the best experience at an event of this type, but to donate a portion of the proceeds towards reef conservation and also give back to the community. Admission will be discounted with thedonation of canned goods for a local food pantry.

Attendee information:

  • Hotel accommodations are available at a reduced rate at the Clock Tower Resort for only $94 per night.
  • Full event pass includes admission to all speakers, trade show and frag area, banquet dinner, and event T-shirt . The cost is $55. Sign up fast. First 40 to register will sit at a speakers table at the banquet. What a wonderful opportunity to chat with the pros
  • One day pass with all access for that days events are available as follows:
    • Saturday with dinner $45
    • Saturday with out dinner $20
    • Sunday $20
    • Trade show, fragging area only $10
    • All at the door admissions reduced by $1 per can good donated up to $5 off

Speakers include Adam Blundell, Rod Buehler, James Fatherree, Mike Paletta,Gary Parr, Steven Pro, and Randy Reed

Marine Aquarium Expo, Saturday, April 5 and 6, 2008

The First Annual Marine Aquarium Expo (MAX) is a TWO DAY EVENT at the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center (Costa Mesa, CA) April 5-6 2008!


Dates and Times:

  • Saturday, April 5th 12:00 noon to 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 6th 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Calendar Information

Event Information:

  • Over 100 exhibitor’s booths!
  • Manufacturers, Wholesalers, Retailers, Exhibitors
  • Livegoods/Drygoods for sale throughout the building
  • 8 major Speakers lined up! (4 per day)
  • Multiple Workshops and Demonstrations
  • Children’s Petting Pool and education area (pending)
  • Frags! Frags! and more Frags! need I say more?

Admission: Adults $10.00, Seniors $5.00, Children 12 & under are Free!

MAX is held in Building #12, (22,000 sq. ft. fully-enclosed, air-conditioned exhibit hall). An adjoining 7,000 sq ft. covered courtyard will host much of the peripheral activities (speakers, workshops, raffles, seating area, etc.). This greatly enhances the space available inside building 12 for commerce. In other words: More room for everyone!

HUGE RAFFLE at the end of each day! Special Note: 50% of ALL Raffle Proceeds will go to 10 select public charities, all of whom are participating in MAX either directly or indirectly. (some represented by hobbyists doing a workshop on behalf of the charity)

This is a VERY family-oriented event, so please plan on bringing the entire family for a weekend of spectacular exhibits, speakers, workshops, displays, and other entertainment. Great food, clean restrooms, even a seating area.

Ladies and Gentlemen, this event is expected to attract over 3,000 hobbyist from all over the United States! Participating vendors and attendees alike are coming from all parts of the country. In fact, MAX is soon to become the largest event of its kind in the entire North American continent in terms of overall attendance. You don’t want to miss this one!

For more information, visit us at: http://www.marineaquariumexpo.com

Contact Information:

Kevin T. Adams, MBA, Promoter
“Marine Aquarium Expo 2008”
8072 Central Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92844
(714) 530-1094 office
(714) 260-6660 cell

(please note: MAX is not affiliated with any club organization)

International Marine Aquarium Conference ’08, May 30-June 1, 2008

Just Imagine…a weekend where you can see live presentations by the most widely known, well-respected authors and lecturers in the marine aquarium hobby.


At the International Marine Aquarium Conference the speakers will be covering all the latest information and research on marine aquarium fish, corals and invertebrates. Meet with them socially, see exhibits by some of the foremost manufacturers and dealers in the aquarium hobby, and get some great deals on conference specials.

IMAC is open to ALL hobbyists . You do not have to belong to a marine aquarium society or even own a reef tank to attend, just be interested in learning more about this fascinating hobby. IMAC is a non-profit venture by hobbyists for hobbyists to insure the continuation of an annual educational event for aquarists, at a reasonable cost.

Whether you are a seasoned aquarist or just a beginner, IMAC is something you need to take in. And IMAC is put on each year by the same people, so if you attended IMAC in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 or 2007 you know the high quality of the show that we will put on.

IMAC 2008 will take place in Chicago, Illinois, USA – May 30, 31 and June 1 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chicago IL:

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Chicago O’Hare
5440 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018, USA

For more information, visit http://theimac.org/ or contact Dennis Gallagher.

MACNA XX, September 5-7, 2008

Presented by Atlanta Reef Club and MASNA, MACNA is the largest hobbyist marine conference in North America. New aquarium products, vendors will often wait until MACNA to release new products into the hobby. Hobby professionals, you will have a chance to meet and mingle with professionals in the hobby like Eric Borneman and Anthony Calfo. A chance to be at a conference with hundreds of other people just as obsessed with aquariums as you are.

We have selected the Westin Peachtree Plaza as the host hotel for this event. It is the tallest hotel in the western hemisphere. Our negotiated room rate is $119.00 per night with discounted parking. Everyone that stays in the hotel will be given free internet access from their rooms.


This 73-story tower, topped by the revolving Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, graces the heart of Atlanta. Connected to AmericasMart, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, is steps from CNN, Georgia Aquarium, Georgia World Congress Center and the Georgia Dome.

Contact Information:

1266 West Paces Ferry Rd.
Suite 194
Atlanta, GA 30327
FAX: 860.540.2351
E-mail: info@macnaxx.com
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