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Spring Fest [Mar 11, 2017] Spring Fest 2017! (Des Moines, IA)

Discussion in '2017' started by Greater Iowa Reef Society, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. Greater Iowa Reef Society Become a GIRS Member! GIRS Member

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    Hey you! RSVP to the Event! ^^^


    Greater Iowa Reef Society
    CEACich Aquatics

    Spring Fest 2017!

    March 11th, 2017
    Iowa State Fairgrounds
    Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center
    Des Moines, IA

    Heads up!!

    There is a bit of construction at the fairgrounds: here is how to get to the parking lot.

    If you come from University, just ignore the detour sign that tells you to turn right - that is there to keep the locals from driving like mad hatters around the Knapp building!


    Event Day Schedule:
    Doors will open early for check-in (exact time TBD)
    11:00am - Speaker Scott Fellman
    12:00pm - Show Floor Opens
    2:30pm-5:00pm - Live Auction
    5:00pm-5:30pm - Raffle

    $5 General Admission
    FREE for GIRS and CEACich Aquatics Club Members
    FREE for all 17 and younger

    Speaker: Scott Fellman


    My name is Scott Fellman, and I’m the consummate “fish nerd/entrepreneur”!

    Much of my life centers around tweaking protein skimmers, scraping algae, cleaning up spills, or figuring out how to unglue my fingers. I’ve been keeping freshwater and marine aquariums since I was a kid, and during that time, I have maintained all sorts of aquariums, fish bowls, plastic boxes, and just about anything that can hold water. My passion is creating natural-looking and functioning biotope aquariums which represent unusual ecological niches. I love this hobby and the crazy people in it!

    I’ve mentored fellow hobbyists for over fifteen years, starting on Bob Fenner’s WetWebMedia.com site, where I was also Co-Editor of WWM’s Conscientious Aquarist online magazine for a couple of years. In 2006-2007, I served as president the Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles County.

    I’ve written many of articles for publications such as the late Freshwater and Marine Aquarium Magazine, Ultramarine UK, Tropical Fish Hobbyist, Marine Fish and Reef USA Annual, Amazonas, and many online venues, such as Reef Addicts, Advanced Aquarist, and Reefs.com, Reef Builders, and Reef2Reef , as well as my daily blog, “The Tint”, on my Tannin Aquatics web site, where I blog on a variety of aquarium-related topics.

    In addition to my writing, I have racked up the frequent-flyer miles, traveling all over the U.S. and internationally, speaking at clubs and events about all sorts of reef-and aquarium-related stuff. I have presented at MACNA XIX in Pittsburgh, MACNA XX in Atlanta, MACNA XXI in Atlantic City, MACNA XXII in Orlando, MACNA XXIII in Des Moines, MACNA XXIV in Dallas, MACNA XXV in Florida, MACNA XXVII in Washngton as well the old IMAC Conferences in both Chicago and Long Beach and numerous other local events. I’ve spoken several times at the Reef-a-Palooza conference in my native So Cal, as well. I keep threatening to complete a book before this century is over…

    I was co-owner of Los Angeles-based online marine livestock retailer, Unique Corals, which specializes in sustainably-collected, aquacultured, and captive propagated corals, fishes, and invertebrates to the hobby. We enjoyed amazing growth and a large fan following in the four years I was with the company. Following my lifelong passion to embrace unusual aquatic niches, I sold my interest in Unique in 2016 to launch Tannin Aquatics, which specializes in providing what we like to call “aquatic botanicals”, as well as other goods and ideas for specialized aquatic hobbyists. We’ve enjoyed meteoric growth, and have turned on many hobbyists to this exciting speciality since we’ve been in operation.

    When I’m not trying to replicate the oceans, rivers and streams of the world in my aquariums, I’m usually surfing at my local beach, hiking the canyons of Malibu, writing, or just chilling at home with my wife.

    *Subject to change

    Reef Nutrition
    (1) Reef Nutrition liquid food Reef multi-pack
    (1) Reef Nutrition liquid food Freshwater multi-pack
    (2) Reef Nutrition liquid food "Most Popular" Reef multi-packs
    (3) sets of TDO Chroma Boost pellet pouches

    Rod's Food
    5 Saltwater Multi-packs
    10 Freshwater Smallmouth packs
    5 Freshwater Largemouth packs

    80 lbs of Life Rock + Supplements!


    ^ a lot more supplements en route....

    Bulk Reef Supply
    2-part Total Package w/Dosers!

    Synergy Reef
    Shadow Overflow & T-shirt!

    Advantage UV Sterilizer!

    Marine Depot
    RODI & 3 T-shirts!


    Hamilton Technology
    Digital Timers & LED Strip Lights!

    Ecological Labs (Microbe-Lift)
    Variety of products!


    Dr. Tim's Aquatics
    Freshwater & Saltwater products!


    Polyp Labs
    Product Packs!


    MACNA 2017
    2 full conference passes!

    Prodibio Products!

    Oceans Wonders
    (2) N52 Mag Rack Pro, Epoxy, Glue, & new Frag Plugs!

    American Aquarium Products
    AquaRay TMC AquaBeam LED Light Strip!

    Boyd Enterprises
    Chemipure Products for Saltwater & Freshwater!


    Various Products!



    CORAL Magazine / Reef2Rainforest
    2 Subscriptions!

    Avast Marine
    Multiple Gift Certificates!

    Vivid Aquariums
    Multiple Gift Certificates!

    Dave Roth
    3-Frag Pack!

    Kessil Lighting
    A80 Tuna Blue LED Light Fixture!

    A little bitta this probably....

    LRS Foods
    Reef Frenzy Frozen Food Packs!

    Air, Water & Ice
    50 10-Micron Sediment Filters!
    These will go into grab-bags for the first 50 GIRS members through the door

    Aqua-Tech Co & Fritz Aquatics
    HUGE donation, well over $1000 worth of products!
    So much stuff, the packing list is easier to post!!

    STILL...more to come!!



    GIRS Hobbyist Vendors
    Justin Theroux (jtfraggin)

    Check the thread often for updates!

  2. Kungpaoshizi Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    How do we sign up as a vendor? Also for the live auction?(if that's possible)
  3. jeremy Acro Addict

    Davenport, IA
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    Contact @Bud@Bud or @Buku@Buku about all vendor questions/requests. If you can't get a hold of them let me know and I will see who I can get a hold of.
  4. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    There will be a new thread up soon for table sign-ups for GIRS members!
  5. Bryan-1

    Bryan-1 Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Will the vendors be selling on the floor before the auction starts?

    Or is the floor open so you can see the auction items only?

    Or will the vendors then be selling items that are left in the auction?
  6. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    @Bryan-1@Bryan-1 I think you've got a few things mixed up? Let me see if I can explain:

    The auction and the show floor are two completely separate things.

    The show floor opens at noon, selling starts then.

    Anyone can enter items in the auction. It's not something for the vendors only - you can bring your own things to enter.

    No one is required/forced to enter anything into the auction. So it's not like anything the vendors bring will automatically go to the auction if they are not sold by 5pm - it doesn't work like that.

    The auction is something we (GIRS) haven't had before, but this is a common thing for other shows. We will be posting a set of auction rules/guidelines soon
  7. Ray/Jen_Reefin 2016 Vice President / 2015 Volunteer of the year.

    Davenport, IA
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    Can a person place a reserve on a item to be sold?
    For instance: If we bring a light and we would like to get $150.00 for it. The light won't go for less than that...

    Sent from my SM-N920R4 via App
  8. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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  9. Bryan-1

    Bryan-1 Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Yes that does explain it better to me, Thank you
  10. Dave Experienced Reefkeeper

    Des Moines Area
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    $1 + 30% auction fee - is that normal? It seems rather high to me.
  11. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    @Dave@Dave no this is not the current one, there will be a dedicated thread once the guidelines for this fest are completed (probably tomorrow or Sunday)
  12. AshtonB

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    It'll be a flat 20% take, no first dollar any more.

    As per reserve, vendors will be given one or two free reserve stickers, and anything more than that are $2/reserve sticker. If you have one of these on, and it doesn't hit reserve price, you will get the item back, and only be out the reserve sticker price.

    I'll have the new link of rules shortly, waiting on one final peer edit.
  13. daalbers

    daalbers Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

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    Do we have a vendor list that are selling
  14. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    Oops! I thought I had updated that! I'm mobile right now so here is the graphic on that

    Edit: added the Vendors List to the 1st post!

    Also updated the list of donors to the raffle!

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Feb 22, 2017
  15. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    Here are some pics of some of the donations that we have received - there are more on the way, full list to come soon!

    From Polyp Labs


    From Dr Tim's Aquatics a batch for Freshwater


    and a batch for Saltwater


    From Synergy Reef


    From AquaUltraviolet


    From Marine Depot


    Also from Marine Depot, 3 of these Sriracha style shirts...I don't know if 3 is gonna be enough!


    From Hamilton Technology


    I haven't unboxed and taken pics of the donations from Ecological Labs (Microbe-Lift) or Hydor, will post those tonight

    Several that I don't have pictures for:

    2 full conference passes to MACNA 2017

    Reef Nutrition donation $700+

    Rod's Food Donation $500+
    5 Saltwater Multi-packs
    10 Freshwater smallmouth packs
    5 Freshwater Largemouth packs

    4x $25 Gift Certifications from Avast Marine

    Several others are in process, including

    ~$1000 worth of product from CaribSea

    BRS 2-part w/dosers

    Light Fixture from American Aquarium Products

    Product from Aqua-Tech / Phyto2 including some Fritz Aquatics products

    Triton Test Kits

    Plus possible donations from Hikari, Kessil, and a few more that haven't fully committed yet!
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  16. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    Chalk up another ~$200 donation from Boyd Enterprises!

    2x Chemi Pure Green 11oz
    4x Chemi Pure Blue 11oz
    2x Chemi Pure Blue 5 oz <<-- corrected
    50x Chemi Pure Green Nano Pack
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2017
  17. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    Add a Kessil A80 Tuna Blue!
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2017
  18. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    Add 4x $25 gift certificates from Vivid Aquariums! we might hold 1 or two of these for contests throughout the year
  19. Bud Loves Bacon Website Team Leadership Team GIRS Member

    West Des Moines, IA
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    Total raffle donations are about to breach $5000!

    And that's actual "street value" prices - i.e. what any consumer can buy it for online w/o shipping!! I'm going to post the full list with prices later today!
  20. Actuary Well-Known ReefKeeper

    Adel, IA
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    I may be the only one who is slightly confused by the vendor listing graphic. Is there some delineation between the vendors on the left vs the right (i.e. salt vs fresh or livestock vs drygoods)? It seems like they were intentionally separated into two alphabetic lists.

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