Georgia show returns this weekend

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The 12th annual Savannah (Ga.) Boat and Outdoor Show will feature the same number of exhibitors as it did in 2009, prior to the recession.

“We are thrilled with the number and quality of exhibitors at the 12th annual Savannah Boat and Outdoor Show coming this weekend to the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. There will be more than 90 vendors and more than 50 different types of boats on sale at the show March 7-9,” show creator Jacqui Bomar said in a statement.

“There is great optimism within the industry. This show is about celebrating life on the water. Not only do we have a great variety with more than 50 different boat lines and 90 vendors selling marine products and services, but there’s also an abundance of quality entertainment and interactive boating and fishing education,” Bomar said.

The special event highlights of this year’s show, sponsored by Chevrolet and Allstate, include the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Interactive Archery program.

The Savannah Fishing Expo will feature guest presenter and Texas Roadhouse pro Mike DelVisco, a full-time professional angler who competes on the Professional Anglers Association Tour. DelVisco will host two seminars on Saturday: “Cranking up Springtime Bass,” at 1 p.m., and “A Little Finesse: The Power of Finesse Tactics,” at 3 p.m. The topics will be repeated on Sunday at noon and 2 p.m.

Other fishing seminars will be presented by Capt. Jack McGowan, Capt. Brian Woelber and Capt. Alan Collins.

The Army Bass Anglers Coalition will host a Kids Fishing Tank, where children can play for a $2 donation. All proceeds will go to benefit Urban Hope Savannah and the Army Bass Anglers Coalition.

Other events include pirate shows, face paintings and a special appearance by the Tupolev N007, a piece of Cold War history that will be on display outside throughout the show. Designed to rescue downed pilots in the Arctic Circle, this “flying boat” is capable of speeds of more than 120 mph. It is the only surviving craft of its kind.

On Saturday, qualifying contestants have a chance to win a Grand Prize Talladega NASCAR Weekend.

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