The Bay Area and Northern California have a lot of great hobbyists, manufacturers and fish stores and until three years ago, there wasn’t really a “signature” event for hobbyists in the area until the Bay Area Marine Aquarium Conference (BAYMAC) came on the scene. The event has gotten bigger each year, starting from a handful of reef clubs, manufacturers and vendors to nearly 40 booths. BAYMAC 2010, being held at Chabot College in Hayward, Calif. on Saturday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will represent some of the best companies, coral vendors, reef clubs and speakers. Oh yeah, did we mention it’s FREE! More details after the break.
Reef Nutrition’s Gresham Hendee started this project on his own to bring hobbyists and clubs together and each year the event has gained more-and-more interest. This year the Bay Area Reefers are hosting the event and is being sponsored by Reef Nutrition, IceCap, and ESV. Coming in to speak are Rich Ross, Christine Williams, Joe Yaiullo and Sanjay Joshi to educate and inform. Reef Builders will also be on hand bringing some of the cool gadgets we see daily to give everyone a hands-on look.
What would a reefing event be without a killer raffle and door prizes? This year four lucky attendees will win a great $250 local fish store gift certificate from one of the “participating” LFSs just for showing up (great idea borrowed from Reef-a-palooza). Other great prizes will be given away throughout the day with the main raffle being held at the end.
This is also a great way for participating reef clubs to make some money to fund their events. Clubs have the opportunity to sell corals (often donated from its members) at the show as well as sharing the proceeds of the raffle. If your club is interested in participating, there are a few more spots available and you can inquire about the event via the online contact form.
Along with local clubs, some incredible coral vendors from all over California and as far away as Colorado are making the journey making it a great chance to get some new pieces for your tank. There will also be an awesome array of manufacturers showcasing some pretty great products. So make sure you mark your calendars and head on out and swing by and say “Hi!” Make sure to check out the website at www.thebaymac.com to see who’ll be there and follow along at Facebook or Twitter for all the latest updates on vendors and prizes.