Hartford Boat Show Opens January 17

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The 2019 Hartford Boat Show will be held January 17 through 20 at the Earth Expo Center at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. It is the 50 anniversary of the show.

Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association and supported by Evinrude/BRP, the show will feature more than 125 exhibitors covering 150,000 square feet of the new venue at Mohegan Sun. Promoters say there will be more than 400 boats on display from more than 35 dealers representing 95 different brands of boats, motors and trailers.

“Being able to secure early January dates for the show at Mohegan Sun allows the Hartford Boat Show to return to its original timing when it previously led the Northeast boat show schedule, and we are pleased to be able to take advantage of the amazing space created at the new Earth Expo Center which is extremely family friendly,” Kathleen Burns, executive director of CMTA, said in a statement. “It is also logistically ideal for exhibitors moving boats into the facility and allows many to expand their booths to include more and larger watercraft. It is especially meaningful since it is the 50 anniversary of the show.”

Highlights of this year’s show include the Learn Everything Under the Sun display, which is an interactive learning center that will feature open sessions on boat maintenance and safety. The Windows to the Future section returns as a demonstration arena featuring schools and boat building and educational programs from across the state. So does the Boating in Connecticut Workforce area that highlights career opportunities in the marine trades, the CMTA Foundation and scholarship programs.

Tickets for the show can be purchased at www.hartfordboatshow.com. Pre-show prices are $12 and during the show, general admission is $14. Children under 12 accompanying an adult get in free and a Senior/Military one-day pass is $10.