We have a schedule! Here’s what is on tap for January 27 at MCES:
8:30 am – Hall Open to Vendor Setup Only
10:30 – 11:30 – Dick Perrin: Captive Breeding Awesome Rock Anemones
11:30 – noon – Early swap admission to attendees of morning session
12:00 – Hall Open to General Public
1:15 – 2:00 – Kirby Adams: Feeding Your Reef
2:15 – 3:00 – Reef LEDs: Building LED Lighting for Reef Aquariums
3:30 – Raffle
4:30 pm – End of Swap
On January 26 (day before the swap) vendors will be able to setup from 5:30 until 9:00 pm. More info will be emailed to vendors soon.
The cost of admission is $10 per person (kids 16 and under are free). Admission includes all the speakers and access to the expo/swap. Attendees will also receive a free goody bag with tee-shirts and a product samples!
Swap vendor tables are now sold out. We have some space for manufacturer booths if you are a rep and are interested in attending, these spaces are not intended for direct sales. Please use the contact form to let us know if you are interested in attending.
If you are a coral vendor and would like to attend but didn’t get a table, please contact us as we have a wait list in the event of cancelations. I am positive we will have a few vendors that end up with schedule conflicts, so please contact us to get your name on the wait list.
Also if you are a vendor and would like to still have your business promoted at the swap, we would love to help promote your business through our raffle. We are also willing to hand out literature with our event goodie bags if you would like to to send the material to us.
The table registration system is now online. With several different available table sizes/arrangements, there are options to fit everyone’s needs and budget.
Here are a few photos showing the facilities at our new location. Special room rentals have been provided of $89.00 per night for attendees of our expo. Bring the family into town and make a weekend of it…plenty of fun things to do as if the largest frag swap in Michigan isn’t enough! Onsite amenities include a pool, arcade, weight room, bar, and restaurant.
Here is the hotel website, be sure to mention our event, to get the special rate.
MCES attendees will enjoy the large lobby areas outside of the vendor hall which will assure you are warm rather than standing outside at our former location.
The Michigan Coral Expo and Swap (MCES) is the largest reef hobby event in Michigan! MCES is again co-hosted by Mid-Michigan Marine Club (MMMC) and Grand Rapids Marine Aquarium Society (GRMAS). This year MCES will be on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
Attendance last year exceeded 650 hobbyists from across the midwest. There were 45 vendors with tanks full of outstanding corals and fish. Many also had dry goods for sale. Each year has been larger than the last and to accommodate our continued growth, this year we have moved to a larger and much nicer facility. MCES will be in the Grand Ballroom of the Best Western Hotel located at 6820 S. Cedar Street, Lansing, Michigan 48911.
In addition to vendors from across the country, MCES will feature an outstanding livestock and dry goods raffle. It will also include a mini-conference that will occur prior to and during the expo.