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National and regional boat shows of all sizes are held throughout the country and at all times of the year. Many combine displays of boats with displays of accessories, seminars and family entertainment.

Two Virginia shows are combined

The Virginia Boat Show’s producer canceled the event, originally scheduled for Jan. 22-24, and will instead combine the downtown show with its Richmond Boat Show on Feb. 19-21. “Due to the market conditions in the boating industry, we made the decision to do one solid event rather than two mediocre events,” Jeff Haughton, Affinity Events’…more

Winter boat show roundup

The Mid-America Boat & Fishing Show opens Friday at the I-X Center in Cleveland. The show, produced by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, runs through Jan. 24. On Jan. 19, all visitors who bring four cans of food for the Cleveland Foodbank will be given free admission. On Jan. 21, the show celebrates Put-in-Bay…more

Census says boating remains popular in U.S.

With boat shows opening this week in Nashville, Tenn.; Providence, R.I.; Kansas City, Mo. and Toronto, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that boating remains a popular pastime in the U.S. Americans own nearly 17 million boats and spend more than $37 billion a year on new and used boats, the bureau says. The Nashville Boat…more

Fewer shows in the Seattle area next year

Three Seattle-region boat shows have been canceled for next year, which could bode well for the upcoming Seattle show. The 2010 boat shows in Tacoma and Everett, Wash., and the annual show in Vancouver, British Columbia, were canceled, though the Vancouver show’s postponement was to allow for construction of a retractable roof at BC Place,…more

Vancouver boat show cancelled

The 49th annual Vancouver International Boat Show was cancelled because of construction taking place at BC Place, organizers said. The 2010 boat show was scheduled to take place April 8-11. BC Pavilion Corporation, which owns BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Centre, is undertaking a revitalization of BC Place and, for safety reasons, must close…more

More boat show dates announced

The 53rd annual Louisville Boat, RV, & Sportshow will take place Jan. 20-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The five-day event will feature deals on everything from cruisers to canoes, engines and electronics as well as events such as the Affordability Pavilion, which offers a selection of vessels that can be financed for under $250…more

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Fort Myers show sees attendance boost

The 37th annual Fort Meyers Boat Show saw attendance increase by more than 15 percent, according to show manager John Good. The four-day show was held Nov. 12-15. “There was a very upbeat feeling on both the exhibitor’s side and with consumers,” Good said in an e-mail to Trade Only Today. “After last year, there…more

Minneapolis, Seattle show dates announced

The 38th Minneapolis Boat Show will be held Jan. 20-24 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. New features to the indoor show include Wakeboard Rail Jam, where top wakeboard and water-ski pros will be performing the latest sport skills and tricks in a giant pool inside the convention center. Also, a Pirates of Colonial America exhibit…more

Pacific Marine Expo starts next week

Maritime and fishing industry leaders from 40 states and 17 countries will gather in Seattle next week for the 42nd annual Pacific Marine Expo. The expo runs Nov. 19-21 at the Seattle’s Qwest Field Event Center. “If you’re in the marine industry, the expo is the place to be,” said Mike Lodato, vice president of…more

Marine surveyor seminar set for Jacksonville show

John “Jack” N. Allinson II, an accredited marine surveyor and certified infrared thermographer will be conducting a one-day seminar Feb. 6 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center in Jacksonville, Fla. in conjunction with the 63rd annual Jacksonville Boat Show. The seminar will be held through Allinson Infrared Inspection Services, Inc. and is designed for six…more

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