Contests Announced for Aquatic Experience Chicago 2017

CALL FOR ENTRIES: American Cichlid Association Fish Competition Aquascaping Live! Contest International Shrimp Contest USA ALL RETURN TO AQUATIC EXPERIENCE – CHICAGO, NOV. 3-5, 2017 CHICAGO (September 5th, 2017)—The World Pet Association (WPA) will host the return of the American Cichlid Association Fish Competition, Aquascaping Live! Contest and...
Guests inspect tanks containing strong competitive offerings of freshwater ornamental shrimp at the Aquatic Experience 2016.
Guests inspect tanks containing strong competitive offerings of freshwater ornamental shrimp at the Aquatic Experience 2016.

CALL FOR ENTRIES:

American Cichlid Association Fish Competition

Aquascaping Live! Contest

International Shrimp Contest USA

ALL RETURN TO AQUATIC EXPERIENCE – CHICAGO, NOV. 3-5, 2017

CHICAGO (September 5th, 2017)—The World Pet Association (WPA) will host the return of the American Cichlid Association Fish Competition, Aquascaping Live! Contest and 2nd International Shrimp Contest USA during its fifth annual Aquatic Experience – Chicago, November 3-5, 2017.

Cichlids large and small take center stage in the ACA Cichlid Show at the Aquatic Experience - Chicago.
Cichlids large and small take center stage in the ACA Cichlid Show at the Aquatic Experience – Chicago.

The American Cichlid Association Fish Competition is composed of 25 classes in nearly all New and Old World cichlid groups, with $40 cash awards given to first place winners in each class, plus a $500 Grand Prize and $100 Reserve Best of Show. All competitors receive free 3-day admission to the Aquatic Experience show floor—experiencing “everything aquatic under one roof” at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. The competition is sponsored by Aqueon, CaribSea, and DrTim’s Aquatics. Entries are open to the public with no limit on the number of entries. The deadline for online registrations is October 19, 2017.

Veteran and amateur aquascapers will vie for the top honors once again at the Aquascaping Live! contest held each year at the Aquatic Experience - Chicago.
Veteran and amateur aquascapers will vie for the top honors once again at the Aquascaping Live! contest, held each year at the Aquatic Experience – Chicago.

The fourth annual Aquascaping Live! Contest is sanctioned and presented by the Aquatic Gardeners Association (AGA) and sponsored by Fluval. Contestants compete in two categories (Small or Large Tank) for $3,900 in prize money. Registration for individual Small Tank entries will be accepted until the 25 spaces are filled, and the Large Tank category is an AGA Team Invitational, with eight final entries chosen from all submissions.

Dazzling freshwater shrimp will return to compete at this year's Aquatic Experience - Chicago. Image courtesy Aquatic Experience.
Dazzling freshwater shrimp will return to compete at this year’s Aquatic Experience – Chicago. Image courtesy Aquatic Experience.

And, finally, the 2nd International Shrimp Contest USA will give shrimp breeders the opportunity to share their hobby with the greater public and exhibit different freshwater dwarf shrimp species and color morphs across ten categories. Contestants compete for $1,000 in prize money and the top Shrimp KingAward. The competition is sponsored by Dennerle, JBJ Transworld Aquatic, ShrimpKing, and the WPA. Registration must be completed via the website www.shrimpcontestusa.com by the October 16, 2017 deadline.

For additional competition details please visit www.aquaticexperience.org/fish-competitions.

Aquatic Experience – Chicago is the first show in industry history to combine everything aquatic under one roof, from saltwater and freshwater fish to marine plants and mammals. While most niche aquatic shows have little to no crossover of knowledge or techniques in different aspects of the hobby, at Aquatic Experience – Chicago guests can learn from the best in the industry as they attend seminars featuring high-profile speakers who address the beginner to mid-level hobbyists in areas that are entirely new to them.

Attendees will also experience the traveling sea lion show Sea Lion Splash, sponsored by Aqueon/Coralife/Kent Marine, and see displays of fish from around the world to delight and inspire aquarists of all levels.

Tickets for Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 3-5, 2017, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 Thoreau Drive N, Schaumburg, IL) are now on sale. Individual tickets start at just $10, and children ages five and under are free. For more information, please visit www.aquaticexperience.org.

The World Pet Association (WPA) is the oldest industry organization promoting responsible growth and development of the companion pet and related products and services. WPA works to inform and educate the general public in order to ensure safe and healthy lifestyles for our animal friends. WPA is the host of America’s Family Pet Expo, the world’s largest consumer pet and pet products expo, held annually in Costa Mesa, California. The organization also produces SuperZoo, an annual pet industry trade show that showcases a comprehensive collection of exhibits and offers a variety of informative educational seminars, and Atlanta Pet Fair, the Southeast’s largest competition and trade show for the professional pet stylist. For more information, please visit www.worldpetassociation.org.

Show Hours

Friday 11/3: 11 am – 6 pm

Saturday 11/4: 10 am – 6 pm

Sunday 11/5: 10 am – 4 pm

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Images by Dan Woudenberg/LuCorp Marketing for the World Pet Association, unless otherwise noted.

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