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Bay Bridge Boat Show reports boost in attendance

Last weekend's Bay Bridge Boat Show in Stevensville, Md., showed significant gains in attendance and exhibitor space sales.

Last weekend's Bay Bridge Boat Show in Stevensville, Md., showed significant gains in attendance and exhibitor space sales, according to Annapolis Boat Shows president and general manager Paul Jacobs.

"We could not have asked for better weather or for a better turnout at our Bay Bridge Boat Show last weekend. We saw a year-over-year gain in exhibitor space of more than 34 percent, the biggest spring show since the pre-recessionary years before 2008," Jacobs said in a statement.

"We saw increases in ticket sales going back to 2007. Attendance increased by 34 percent on Friday. Saturday saw a slight 2.5 percent increase, probably due to the fact it was also Maryland's opening day of the rockfish season," he added. "We followed up with a 51 percent spike on Sunday to total an impressive overall attendance gain of 23 percent for the weekend."

Next up is the fifth annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show, which opens on City Dock on Friday and runs through Sunday. There will be nearly 100 boats on display in Ego Alley and in Susan Campbell Park.

In addition to boats and boat gear, there will be activities that include bands playing in the park, food and drink tastings, First Sail workshops, Cruisers University, model boat demonstrations, a special VIP day and an evening cruise package.

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