24th Extravaganza

November 16-18, 2018
24 years of Cichlids and Catfish

Speakers for this Year

  • Steven Grant
  • Charley Grimes
  • Willem Heijns
  • Lawrence Kent

The Ohio Cichlid Association's Extravaganza is the largest celebration of cichlids and catfish on the planet. This three day event happens the weekend before Thanksgiving each year.  Each year, cichlid enthusiast of all ages and experience, make the trip to Strongsville, Ohio (10 Miles Southwest of Cleveland), to enjoy a weekend of all things cichlid and catfish. Registered attendees can expect to see world class speakers, manufacturer booths, vendor booths, a large fish show (with 150+ entries), and fish being sold throughout the hotel. In addition, we offer a hospitality suite for registered attendees.

Saturday features a huge swap meet, informal awards dinner, and an auction, featuring brand new goods donated by prominent manufacturers within the aquarium hobby.

There will be a silent auction of fish and tanks, including a 75-gallon and two 40 gallon set-ups. The family-friendly weekend culminates in an awesome fish auction on Sunday, when over 1,000 bags of cichlids and catfish are sold.

Extravaganza is held at:

Holiday Inn
15471 Royalton Road, Strongsville, Ohio 44136
Phone: 440-238-8800
The hotel is conveniently located at I-71 and Route 82, just 10 minutes south of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

Download the 2018 Extravaganza schedule »

Room rate (registered attendees): $71.00 per night (up to four people per room).  Book by calling the hotel directly at 1-440-238-8800. Overflow rooms available at the Super 8 - Strongsville, Ohio, 1-440-238-0170. 

Swap Meet: Tables are available in the main show room area on Saturday afternoon, November 17th. Table fees are $20 per table for registered attendees or $30 per table for non-registered attendees. Tables are first come first serve. Swap Meet tables can be reserved by emailing ohiocichlidassoc@aol.com

Vendor Tables are available in the main convention room which is open from Friday at 2 PM until 11 PM and Saturday from 9 AM until 4 PM (room closes for judging and awards party) then reopens after the Manufacturer Dry Goods auction and stays open until 11 PM. The room is open to the general public and is the best way to sell your livestock and drygoods. Each vendor will receive a business card ad (which you must provide electronically) in the show program as well as one year of free business card advertisement on our website ohiocichlid.com. Contact Lew Carbone at lewcarbone@gmail.com to reserve your space.

Fish Show Class Sponsorship: We have 29 classes and each has a sponsor. We invite you to help support our 2018 show by sponsoring a class or several! Contact Lew Carbone for details: lewcarbone@gmail.com.

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