First Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo Coming Soon!

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    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

    Mar 18, 2010
    Akron Ohio
    First Annual Buckeye Reef Marine Expo Coming Soon!
    February 1, 2016 by "Caribbean Chris" Aldrich 4 Comments
    Northwest Ohioans finally get a frag swap and marine expo in their home territory
    As a long-time hobbyist in northwest Ohio (Hey, I can at least claim that for the rest of this week, then I’m a Floridian), I’m accustomed to traveling outside the region for frag swaps and events of appreciable size. NW Ohio is located within reach of regular events held in northeast Ohio, central Ohio, and southern Michigan but hasn’t been home to a swap capable of drawing in many folks (and vendors) from outside the area. Now I realize becoming a road warrior is the fate of many a reef hobbyist, but with the amount of hobbyists who call northwest Ohio home, it seemed inevitable that someday we would have a marquee event.
    Well that day is almost upon us! On February 13, will host their first annual Marine Expo in Bowling Green, Ohio. With Buckeye Reef founder Jesse Lambdin and founding member Joe Perkins at the helm, the long-planned event earned the “expo” moniker through their long-term desire to build something more than the traditional frag swap.
    This first annual event will kick of with guest speaker, and Saltwater Smarts’ very own, Jeff Kurtz. He’ll be expounding upon Marine Aquarium Success in the Information Age. Sadly, since I’ll be in the Sunshine State at that point and I won’t be able to heckle him in person. So I’m counting on fellow hobbyists to pick up my slack! Seriously though, we’ve put together a bang-up talk and Jeff is looking forward to presenting it for Expo-goers. [Pro tip: Those who attend will get early entrance into the Expo. Cherry pickers rejoice!]
    2016 Buckeye Reef Marine Expo vendor layout (click for most updated version)
    After that, the swap portion of the Expo will begin. Currently the vendor hall is almost filled to capacity and will feature 16 livestock and dry goods vendors, 8 hobbyist propagators, and a booth operated by our friend Dave Bowers and his students, who will be doing coral fragging and dipping demonstrations.
    Expo-goers can expect an array of door prizes during the event as well as a silent auction to partake in. Additionally, a few pallets of 200-gallon boxes of Instant Ocean Reef Crystals will be available for a great price to anyone in attendance. Word on the street is that those will go fast, so plan accordingly if you’re interested!
    The vitals
    • What: Buckeye Reef Marine Expo
    • When: February 13, 2016
    • Where: Wood County Fairgrounds (13800 West Poe Rd, Bowling Green, OH, 43402)
    • Admission: $5 per person, kids 12 and under are free
    • Speaker: Jeff Kurtz on the mic at 11am
    • Schedule: The Expo floor is open from 12-4pm (hint: check earlier pro tip for early entry)
    • For the most up-to-date info, check out this thread
    Interested in being a vendor?
    At the time of this writing, only a few booths remain available. To snatch one up, you can reach out to [email protected].
    A bit about Buckeye Reef
    Buckeye Reef is a fast-growing club and online community founded by Jesse Lambdin in late 2014. The goal of BR is to help bring hobbyists in northwest Ohio and beyond together by promoting camaraderie, education, and shared resources. You can find out more at their website: