Ian Fuller won the Supreme Championship with his Celestichthys margaritatus.
The Federation of British
Aquarist Societies (FBAS)
hosted their yearly Festival of
Fishkeeping 2007 during the
weekend of 12 to 14 October, 2007 at the
Mill Rythe Holiday Resort on Hayling Island
near Portsmouth, South England, United
Kingdom. This event attracted 600 guests
who stayed the weekend in the chalets at
the holiday center, while some 4500 day-visitors also attended during the weekend.
The advantage to being a resident, arriving
on Friday evening for the weekend, is that
it gave hobbyists a chance to catch up with
old friends and make new ones while talking
fish to their hearts’ content. Many members
of various clubs made the journey down to
spend the weekend together. Residents were
provided with dinner every night, which
ranged from a very British “fish and chips”
to several Indian curry and rice dishes
served as a buffet.
The nightly entertainment for the
residents started with Bingo, which proved
hugely popular. On Friday night, Cabaret
Showtime with Union Gap, a live band
performing hits from the 1960s and ‘70s,
had a packed dance floor, with folks
rocking and rolling to the nostalgic music.
Saturday night’s entertainment included a
children’s fancy dress competition followed
by an adult’s fancy dress competition,
which has become an important feature of
the weekend. This year Peter Furze, past
FBAS Chairman, outrageously dressed in a
red outfit as the “red devil” and brought the
house down. Then there was more dancing
to hits of bygone days with Red Hot
Flashback, while enjoying several drinks,
some chatting, and a few laughs with
friends. After midnight, those still standing
had the chance to laugh with Mike Jerome
in the late night comedy show.
The fishkeeping side of things was hosted
in several spacious marquee-enclosed halls
that had taken days to set up and furnish.
Here splendid accommodations were
provided for the various specialist fish shows
and competitions, as well as fish society
and trade stands. The show organizers
provided the aquariums for the Discus
Championship, the Society Furnished
Aquarium Competition, and several of
the fish society stands. On Saturday and
Sunday, however, hobbyists taking part in
the British Open; the Catfish, Killifish, and
Goldfish Shows; the Festival Open Show;
and the FBAS Supreme Championship
provided their own tanks in a variety
of sizes to suit the fish that were being
benched. In addition, one hall housed 21
large blue vats for the Koi Championship,
with many trade stands dotted around.
A lecture room with seating for some 60
hobbyists was housed within the marquees.
Hot refreshments were also available within
the marquees so visitors could stay in sight
of all things fishy, if they wished, without
having to venture to the bar in the holiday
resort reception area.
FBAS Festival of
FBAS hosted three competitive shows at
the festival over the weekend:
The British Open Fish Competition was
for fish gaining Best in Show awards plus
two reserves at any Open Show during
the year, including those judged to FBAS
standards as well as other standards (FNAS,
YAAS, FSAS, and A of A jurisdictions).
There were around 60 fish shows held
across the country during the year, and
competition for the top spots was fierce, as