Upper Midwest Koi Club meetings are generally held March through September on the second Saturday of the month. This year we are trying some new activities that may be of interest to koi club members. If you have suggestions for activities or have specific topics you would like to see discussed at a meeting, please contact UMKC Vice President, Mary-Susan Heise

Members will find that at every meeting there are lively discussions about maintaining water quality, filtration, equipment and taking care of your koi. You will hear a number of opinions expressed and realize that everyone is doing something a little different. Whether you are an advanced or novice koi keeper, please come to our meetings to share and learn from each other. There are many ways to meet the maxim - ALL KOI NEED GOOD WATER QUALITY TO THRIVE. 
Meeting/event notification is sent out via email approximately 10 days before each meeting. Contact us at membership@uppermidwestkoiclub.org if you would like to be added to our email list. Listings in italics are not UMKC hosted events but may be of interest to UMKC members.

February 4-5  All Japan Koi Show, Tokyo Ryutsu Centre

March 4-5  Koi Club of San Diego, 30th Anniversary Show, Del Mar Fairgrounds, CA   

Saturday March 4, 2017 UMKC Meeting @

Byerlys meeting room, 7171 France Ave S, Edina, 952-831-2601. The meeting will be from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM.  Topic:  Pond Equipment Maintenance & Water Quality 

Ron Sterbenz will be giving a presentation on easy fixes for your pond equipment and what parts you should have on hand for repairs. This will include such things UV lights,  air pumps, etc.

​Ben Brown will present on the basics of maintaining healthy pond water. This will be a general overview that will be a great opportunity for those newer to koi keeping to learn the basics and for those with more experience to share their knowledge also. Heads up veteran koi keepers- we will be asking you to share your thoughts and make this a round table discussion. A handout will go home with you with resources for further learning.

March 10-12  Central Florida Koi and Goldfish Show, Orland, FL

April 1-2  ZNA NorCal Show  San Jose, CA

Friday April 21, 2017  at 7PM, Mall of America - Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium 
The club will be doing something a little different in April. Several folks have mentioned that they would like more field trips and perhaps a weeknight meeting. So, we have arranged for a Behind-the-Scenes tour at the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America. Dr. Amy Kizer will start the night off with a short presentation of fish cases and then the Aquarium staff will be giving us a behind the scenes tour. A Behind-the-Scenes Tour is a 45-minute guided tour that will take you up on deck above our tunnel system where you can see animals that are currently off-exhibit. You will then explore our Laboratory to find out how we treat and maintain the 1.3 million gallons of water that make up the aquarium. Finally, your tour guide will take you into our Food Prep Kitchen to see what we feed our thousands of creatures in order to keep them healthy and strong.

Saturday May 6, 2017 UMKC Meeting, Oxboro Library, 8801 Portland Ave. S., Bloomington, MN, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Topic: Koi Conformation
Spring is the season for the new koi to arrive at the various dealers. What should you be looking for? What makes a good show fish? What looks cute now but will fall apart with age? Michelle Gravenish will be giving a presentation on conformation in koi at this meeting. Afterwards, we will be viewing a video of koi and discussing what makes for a good show fish. We will be meeting the Oxboro Meeting Room.

May 13-14, 2017  Koi Acres Open House, Scandia, MN

Saturday May 20, 2017 UMKC Auction, Bachman's - South Lot, 6010 Lyndale Ave, Minneapolis, MN - 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, preview starts at 9:00 am

May 26-27  Greater Louisville Koi and Goldfish Show


Saturday June 3, 2017 UMKC Meeting - RESCHEDULED TO JULY 

Saturday June 10, 2017 UMKC Meeting at Koi Acres, 11100 240th St. N, Scandia, MN, begins at 10:00 am

​​Serious hobbyists will tell you that the best Shiro Utsuri breeder in Japan is Omosako Koi Farm.  Koi Acres will be hosting an extended club meeting at their koi farm which will include a growout competition judging, tosai judging exercise for club members, Q&A with Takahiro Omasako. Don't miss an opportunity to speak with a premier  Japanese koi breeder!

June 23-25  MPKS Koi Show, Max McCook Athletic and Exposition Center, McCook, IL

Saturday July 8, 2017 UMKC Meeting 

Japanese Garden, Normandale Community College, 9700 France Avenue South, Bloomington, MN, 10:00 am

​​Come join us for coffee and donuts at our June meeting at the Japanese Garden located on the Normandale Community College campus. Please gather at the shelter that is located right as you enter the garden for a tour given by one of the Japanese Garden volunteers. The garden is planted in the style of Japanese gardens and include many traditional Japanese architectural elements. Based on climate differences, the plants are Minnesota winter hardy. You may find some inspiration for your own landscaping to complement your koi pond(s).

Jul 28-30  Tri State ZNA Koi Show

AUGUST 4 - 6, 2017 UMKC 10th Annual Koi Show, Bachman's, Minneapolis, MN

August 26  Idaho Water Garden and Koi Society, Idaho Botanical Garden , Boise, ID 

Saturday September 9, 2017 UMKC Meeting - Potluck at Joe & Lynda Retterath's home

​starts at 11:30 am - please bring a chair and something to share (side, dessert, chips, etc.)

​September 29-30  Atlanta Koi Club