PNKCA Convention 2016

IWGKS is hosting the Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association convention in 2016!  The PNKCA is a regional and international organization, with member clubs in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alberta, and British Columbia.  This event will include specialty vendors, presentations, a banquet, and a pond tour.

Discounted rooms are available at the Red Lion Downtowner in Boise. The hotel is holding a block of rooms for us at a greatly reduced price of $91 per night plus tax. Please note that lodging in Boise will be tight; an international soccer tournament will be held in town at the same time, so book your room as soon as possible so that we can grab more rooms if needed before the whole city sells out!

Update:  the Red Lion Downtowner is completely booked for June, but they have generously added a few remaining rooms to our block for the night of Thursday, June 23rd.  Contact Samantha Ford at 208-383-4912 to reserve a room.

We’ll be updating this page as plans are finalized so stay tuned!

For additional information take a look at the PNKCA Website.

Every year, PNKCA collects applications for the Koi of the Year Award.  Find out more here.

2016 Convention and Show Tour Super Raffle

PNKCA Convention 2016

Committee Chair: Kim Peterson

2016 Kick-off Banquet

Committee Chair:  Katy Shanafelt

Stuff to do at the 2016 Convention

Here’s a list of activities available during the convention. (See the agenda under Forms, below.)  Please be aware that some of these activities require registration and a fee.  To register, download and print the registration form below, fill in the form, and scan or email a photo of the form to  You can pay at the convention.  It’s not too late to register for the convention or workshops.  Contact Kim Peterson by email (above) or at 208-867-4318 with questions.  The seminars begin at 8:45 Saturday morning.  You may still attend- just head to the convention area around 8am and bring a completed registration form.    If registering for the pond tour only, just show up at the Red Lion, Sunday, June 26th, 8:15am for the bus.  The tour will begin at 8:30 and end approximately 1:30.  Lunch is included.

  • Friday evening meet and greet, 6-9pm.  No-host bar; hors d’oeuvres provided.
  • Hands-on workshops– create a cool koi pendant or a bonsai tree!
  • Saturday educational seminars.  This year’s topics and speakers are:
    • Selecting Tategoi– Chai Taevanitcharoen.  This will be Chai’s first presentation strictly for hobbyists- usually he trains the judges!
    • Growing Them Big– Bill Tullis, owner of many Grand Champions.
    • Photographing Koi– Zak Schmidt of Pan Intercorp.  Record your beautiful fish!
    • Healthy Koi Keeping– Ling Jin, DVM and Shawn Spagnoli, DVM of Oregon State University, College of Veterinary Medicine.
    • Poisonous Plants– Gary Moen, Boise State University horticultural professor emeritus.  Keep your fish safe.


  • Vendors for all things pond and koi.  The vendor floor will be open to the public Saturday (June 25th) from 9am to 6pm.  Are you looking for a new piece of equipment or just starting?  Make connections here.  IWGKS will sell water lilies at bargain prices. Our vendors will include:


  • Art display.  See beautiful artwork created by local students!  This is a first for a PNKCA convention.
  • Bonsai display.  Courtesy of the Boise Bonsai Society.  See some amazing bonsai trees!
  • Banquet and awards ceremony.  Entertainment by the Taiko Drummers.
  • Raffle and auction.  Some great items have been donated!
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  • Tour of local hobbyists’ ponds. Cruise the Treasure Valley in an air conditioned bus looking at ponds and enjoy a catered lunch at the Idaho Botanical Gardens.  Be among the first to see IBG’s new pond!


Registration form
Vendor Application
PNKCA Koi of the Year Application

Agenda 6-15-16

Sponsor or Donate!

We’re seeking donations for the raffle and auction.  Find out more below.
How to Donate


Enameling a Koi Pendant Workshop

Presented by Delia Dante.

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Date\Time: Friday, June 24, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $35
Location: FireFusion Studios @ 1124 W Front St, Boise, ID 83702

Create your own custom Koi pendant with professional guidance from Fire Fusion Studios.

Some great artwork was created!


Bonsai Workshop

Formulated by Dick Benbow, presented by Joyce Tsuji, with the support of the Boise Bonsai Society.  Fri. 2-5 pm – Take home your Tree!

Date\Time: Friday, June 24, 2016 from 2 to 5 p.m.
Cost: $35
Location: Red Lion Downtowner @ 1800 W Fairview Ave, Boise, ID 83702

It was great to watch an expert at work!