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Hartford show returns in January

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday for the 47th annual Hartford Boat Show.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday for the 47th annual Hartford Boat Show, which is set to take place Jan. 28-31 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn.

Produced by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association, the show will have more than 125 exhibitors and 200 boats and watercraft and is expanding to cover two floors of the convention center.

"Moving back to our former dates in late January puts the boat show between the [National Football League] playoffs and the Super Bowl. It's perfect timing for our exhibitors and the visitors who are looking to plan their spring and summer water activities and purchases," CMTA executive director Kathleen Burns said in a statement.

Evinrude is the official sponsor of the show, Connecticut Buick GMC dealers are the official vehicle and Helly Hansen is the official apparel supporter of the event.

Products and services that will be exhibited include boats, jet skis, personal watercraft, paddle sports, kayaks, marinas, motors, slip rentals, servicing, fishing gear and tackle, educational programs and materials, insurance, trailers, electronics, sanitation, air conditioning, real estate, attire, nautical home decor, decking, dock building, winter storage and financing.

"Now that we have expanded the show to the second level of the convention center, we have the opportunity to include more demonstration areas and special activities, and to expand the merchandise exhibited to feature more sail and paddle sports, as well as a broader range of power and fishing boats," Burns said.

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