Chesapeake Bay show reports attendance boost

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The second annual Middle Bay Boat Show at Norview Marina in Deltaville, Va., a land and in-water event that took place May 5-6, had an increase of 10 percent in attendance, according to organizers.

Nearly 1,100 adult visitors and more than 50 children attended the show, where organizers also reported strong sales of boats, equipment and services.

“This year we expanded the number of exhibitors and added some fun attractions for the kids,” Norview Marina owner Ernie Asaff said. “We had a jump castle, and the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, who were kind enough to provide great food at the show, brought a fully restored 1946 vintage fire engine. The kids loved the fire engine — Deltaville’s first engine to be put into service.”

The show featured boat brands that included Grady-White, Cobia, Parker, Sea Fox, Mathews Brothers, Key West, AB Inflatable, Scout, Carolina Cat, Sportsman and World Cat.

More than 30 exhibitors also sold everything from marine electronics to custom canvas products and marine fuel polishing services.

This year, the Deltaville Maritime Museum displayed Explorer, its fully functional sailing and rowing replica of the shallop that Captain John Smith used to explore and map the Chesapeake Bay in 1607-08. The maritime museum built the Explorer in 2006; it was staffed by volunteers in period costume. The firing of its signal cannon was a hit of the show.

The show was sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Magazine, West Marine, Richmond’s K95 Country and the Virginia Marine Trades Association.

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