Atlanta Boat Show opens on Thursday

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The Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show will open Thursday and continue through Sunday at the Georgia World Congress Center on Andrew Young International Boulevard.

Show manager Larry Berryman said in a statement that the event “continues to expand and we’re excited to be offering the largest selection of boats and exhibitors we’ve had since 2009. This growth is a great sign for the industry, which supports nearly 6,000 jobs and 700 boating-related businesses in Georgia.”

Organizers said there will be more than 500 boats on display, ranging from 9 to more than 50 feet. More than 200 exhibitors will be offering the latest gear and gadgets. Discover Boating’s Welcome to the Water Center will offer advice about selecting a boat and boating on a budget.

Other features include Fred’s Shed, with its interactive learning center and do-it-yourself seminars, and the Let’s Go Fishing Center, with hourly seminars led by professional anglers.

Show hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission is $12 for those age 16 and older. Youths 15 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Visitors who buy tickets in advance online will receive $2 off through Wednesday.

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