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Founded in 1965, the International Fancy Guppy Association's (commonly known as the IFGA) mission is to promote the enjoyment and the techniques of breeding fancy guppies to the IFGA's show standards. 

This is accomplished by providing information on the breeding and raising of quality guppies to the IFGA show standards through our clubs, shows and the IFGA website while bringing together other hobbyist of like minds.

Education for new and experienced hobbyists of all ages as well as the promotion of good breeding techniques through the use of shows are our top priorities.

We promote the hobby by providing assistance, managerial and technical support to individuals or groups in developing new clubs supporting the IFGA standards.

We conduct an annual meeting to bring together affiliated clubs and members to manage and plan the future of the IFGA organization.

We also host judging seminars and training to members to qualify as a IFGA judge and maintain the qualified judges ability to use the IFGA show standards. 

We strive to offer a host of activities for our members. Membership with the IFGA comes with many benefits to hobbyists of all ages and experience. Members can join local affiliated clubs in their geography or start new clubs.


Affiliated clubs sponsor competitive shows throughout the United States with over 70 different color classes and often have an accompanying auction. We encourage all potential members and members to seek out their local clubs and come to our shows where you can meet some fellow guppy enthusiasts and make some lifelong friends!

Participating in shows is easy and brings a lot of reward! Members have the ability to mail their fish to the shows if the show is too far away or they are unable to make it. 

Members earn yearly points and individual awards at IFGA shows that count towards year end class and breeder championships. We have a Master Breeder award our members can earn as well as various other titles within our organization. Please check out our shows section for all the details. 

Interested in becoming a member? See details about all of our membership benefits and how you can become a member today! 


All guppy enthusiasts are welcome at our shows and we love to see potential members there. Please feel free to come to a show and enter your fish. Non-members may enter fish at our shows, but you must be a member to receive points and annual awards.   Join Us as a New Member.

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Hello IFGA Members,


It certainly is a trying time for all of us, and as most of you know, three of our shows have been cancelled and another rescheduled. With the spreading of Covid 19, it is realistic to expect additional cancellations may be coming. In response to the many issues that have arisen as a result of these changes, I have conveyed the Executive Committee to respond to these issues as many of them cannot wait until the annual meeting for resolution. The items listed below will now take effect as of today. Please pass them along to your club members. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thanks to Tom Allen, ET Mellor, Jim Alderson, Stephen Kwartler, Jim Gourlie and Paul Muscatiello for their help and assistance with these issues. Stay safe and healthy.


Best Regards,

Bob Lewis

President, IFGA


The following rules are now in effect for IFGA Shows and Awards.



1. 2020 and 2021 show seasons are combined for any shows held. The Chicago show in 2020 will not be considered an annual if held. Annual awards will not be distributed at this show with a banquet at the clubs discretion.


2. Trophy sponsorships will carry over to 2021 and sponsorship fees will not be collected for 2021.


3. Club dues of $35 per club for this year will still be required as expenses are still incurred.


4. No fines for show cancellation or rescheduling.


5. No changes in show rotation status for any club that cancels.  Show rotation order for 2021 & 2022 continues without change


6. Judging requirements are postponed until 2021.


7. If the Chicago show is cancelled, a virtual meeting will be held via GoToMeeting or similar service.


8.  The 2022 annual is awarded to Chicago due to the cancellation this year.


Hello IFGA Members,

  • We are facing unprecedented times in the United States and the world in dealing with the coronavirus. Every day more restrictions on meetings, travel, schools, entertainment facilities and air travel are being placed. Faced with the average age of our members, it is certainly not wise to be in the close proximity to others that routinely occurs at our shows under the current virus situation. The close contact of our members in judging teams would violate the recommendations that have been made by the CDC and President Trump regarding containment and spreading of this disease. After careful consideration and discussion with IFGA members, the decision to continue or cancel upcoming shows will be determined by the local hosting club. They are in the best position to make a decision based on many factors that include health of members, continued availability of show workers, local restrictions on hotels and restaurants, etc.


  • We should expect that it is possible in the next few days, further government restrictions will force the cancellation or rescheduling of the Utah show and most likely Gateway as well. As we move forward in time, these restriction may be increase or be removed. If a show is cancelled by the host club, we will notify all members at least a week in advance so that anyone planning to ship entries to the show will aware of the cancellation.  These notices will be placed on the website on the main page and everyone should check the notices often. Though our hope is that we can continue with the show season as scheduled, it may not be possible. We will begin to figure out issue such as rescheduling shows, annual awards, judging requirements, etc. as the situation develops. The most important thing is for all of us to be safe. If you or any member of your household has any health issues, you should not attend any show as long as this virus is still prevalent. Please be safe and healthy.


  • Best Regards,

  • Bob Lewis


 2020 Show Dates

*For consistency for every show, please click on the show classes buttons below to view show classes



 March 28 & 29     CANCELLED        Utah


 April    18 & 19     CHANGED            Gateway

 May   16 & 17      CANCELLED        Michigan 


 June   13 & 14     CANCELLED       New England


 July     11 & 12    CANCELLED        Gateway 

 Aug.     1 & 2       CANCELLED        Deep South

 Sept.  12 & 13     CANCELLED        South Jersey

 Oct. 9,10 & 11th  CANCELLED        Chicago



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