Marine Depot: How was the turnout at Reef-A-Palooza this year?
Kevin Adams, President, Southern California Marine Aquarium Society: I had placed a conservative estimate of 1,500 attendees for Reef-A-Palooza 2007. The actual turnout exceeded 2,000 attendees, not counting ~250 vendors, a dozen or so staff, and another two dozen assistants. I knew precisely how significant the
MD: What were your goals for this year's event?
KA: My intention was to provide a complete smorgasbord of vendors for our attendees to enjoy. Hobbyists in this particular industry are undeniably as unique and diverse as their own fingerprints. As such, it is nearly impossible to zero in on a particular core concept that will satisfy everyone in attendance. Many come to purchase frags and rare corals, others come to see the latest technology available in marine aquarium equipment, while some would prefer to see an educational presentation. Therefore, I wanted to present a "mixed floor" of booths ranging from the mere hobbyist seller to the largest international corporation. I wanted to broaden the scope of what we provide to the furthest possible extent so that nearly anyone who attends Reef-A-Palooza would find their particular niche to enjoy. I think we provided that service beautifully.
MD: What’d you think of all the frags on display?
KA: "OH MY GOSH I'VE NEVER SEEN SO MANY AWESOME CORALS IN