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Shorts, sandals and sunglasses were de rigueur for our first koi auction. Temperatures soared into the upper 90s and the bidding for some choice imported koi was nearly as hot. The gin rin (two-step) Kohaku below was the top seller, bringing $150. Also offered for sale were about a dozen domestically-bred fish donated by SLWGS members. Altogether, the auction sales topped $2,500.

Rick Jokerst and Pat Tosie had traveled to Minnesota to select fish for the auction from Koi Acres, a highly reputable importer. They were from two of Japan’s top breeders–Isa and Marudo.

The auction was planned and organized by Rick and Pam Jokerst, Pat Tosie and Steve Metzler, our Associated Koi Clubs of America representative. Metzler and his wife, Terry, hosted the event at their home. It was well organized and went smoothly–a great event!

A fun shirt!

All in all, it was a great event!

As fish were sold, they were put into a second small tub

As Gilbert explained interesting aspects of the koi some came for a closer look

Gilbert taught us a lot, pointing out the unique qualities of each koi

Or a bench in the beautiful yard

Pat kept thing moving with touches of humor

Register here and get your number!

Some preferred to watch from the grassy area

Steve and Terry’s fish were oblivious to the koi nearby

Tents provided shade for those watching the proceedings

The koi to be auctioned was isolated in a small blue tub

using this chart to help explain the koi types and ‘parents’