Georgia show returns next week

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The 13th Annual Savannah (Ga.) Boat Show opens Feb. 27 and will continue through March 1 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island.

The show, now in its 13th year, will have a full house, with hundreds of new boats on display inside the convention center and on land overlooking the Savannah River.

The show manager, JBM & Associates, also produces the Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show every January and the company reported a record-breaking 2015 show, both in the number of exhibits and attendance.

“We expect the same in Savannah this year,” JBM & Associates president Jacqui Bomar said in a statement. “This is the perfect place to find the right boat for your family. It’s one-stop shopping with marine insurance and finance companies, accessories, nautical home goods, and even pirate paraphernalia. The show is well known for its excellent education and entertainment.”

The Savannah show is considered the kickoff of the boating season in the Savannah area.

A fishing clinic for children has been added to the fishing seminars. Organizers said each child who participates will go home with a free rod and reel. The clinics will be held on Feb. 28 and March 1.

Organizers said another popular feature on those two days is the Savannah Fishing Expo, featuring experts such as Capt. Jack McGowan, Mike DelVisco and Capt. Don Dingman of Hook the Future.

A Coastal Kids Zone is a new addition to the Feb. 28 and March 1 lineup. It features:

  • Ted Kay, of Kangaroo Art, who will create caricatures for the family.
  • Marcus “Wizard of Savannah” who will entertain with close-up, walkaround magic and make balloon animals.
  • Painted By Lisa, who will create face paintings and glitter tattoos and make pirate puppets as a craft.

Other features for children include the Virtual Trainer, sponsored by the Tybee Light Sail and Power Squadron; children will leave the dock on a 20-foot Boston Whaler.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will host archery demonstrations and a “virtual fishing simulator.”


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