2008 SW-CFM History
Images of the 2008 Event below !
Thanks to everyone who helped or participated in making the third Southwestern Coral Farmers MarketSM event on February 24th 2008 our greatest Coral Farmers MarketSM event to date ! We ended up with a total official attendance of 378 ! This was the largest Coral Farmers MarketSM sanctioned event that we had ever operated. The selection of captive grown corals was by far the best selection ever offered for sale within a single day event. The vendor system display images below actually illustrate just how incredible the coral selection was, especially considering that we did not get images of every single display. Our attendees were very happy with the incredible corals they were able to acquire. We did however start the event 1/2 hour later then the scheduled start time. This was due to a variety of complications which included: bad weather; improper configuration of the ballroom space; and the sheer size and scope of the event. We are already coming up with operational and infrastructure improvements which will allow us to improve the events operation next year. We have been getting some great feedback from the attendees and vendors. The SW-CFM would also like to thank the Inland Empire Marine Aquarium Society for assisting our overwhelmed staff during setup, operation and teardown. We plan on doubling our staff for the 2009 SW-CFM event which has been scheduled to occur on March 1st 2009. From a financial point of view almost all of the vendors that participated in the 2008 event did very well. In fact some set their best single day performance marks. A couple of vendors underperformed, but this seemed to be due to improperly judging just what the crowd that attends a Coral Farmers MarketSM event expects. The majority expect to find captive grown corals with rare or distinctive qualities which are rarely available for sale. They also typically expect to find hardware that is not easily available through mail order outlets. The attendance for this 2008 SW-CFM event was 24 % higher then our second 2007 event and 44 % higher then our 2006 event. The 2009 SW-CFM event will occur within the same Hotel Ballroom and this venue has room for some expansion beyond the size of the 2008 event.
SW-CFM and CFM Staff
SouthWestern Coral Farmers MarketSM Images
(Images copyright of SouthWestern Coral Farmers MarketSM unless otherwise noted.)
These are the best images
that Steve Tyree was able to take during a quick walk through just prior to opening the event to the attendees.
If anyone has additional images of vendors or tanks not shown here or better images then
those shown here, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org .
We would like to thank the following companies or individuals who have donated either products or services to the 2008 Southwestern Coral Farmers MarketSM event. These companies and individuals help to make this event a success !