The Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show has been sold. Hart Productions Inc. has sold that show, and a sister show called the Cincinnati Golf Show, to Renfro Productions & Management of Indianapolis, Indiana. Terms were not disclosed.
Hart Productions has owned the boat show since the late 1950s. It was originally held at the Cincinnati Gardens and then moved in 1967 to the Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati.
“We’ve been extremely fortunate and have weathered national and international events,
wars, economic instability, lifestyle changes, the advent of a myriad of new media forms and
the internet,” said second-generation owner Chip Hart in a statement. “We have been able to entertain outdoors loving people from around Greater Cincinnati and generate tremendous commerce opportunities for hundreds of local businesses like marine dealers, marinas, and retail and service operations serving the outdoors.”
Hart said his family has known the Renfro family since the show’s early days. “I recall going to Indy to see their show when I was a kid and Harry Renfro and his kids coming here to visit,” said Hart. “Renfro Productions was a perfect fit given their historical association with us and the industry. The success of their similar show in Indianapolis, and their like Midwest knowledge of the business industries and consumers made perfect sense.”