Michigan show returns in September

The Metro Boat Show will be held Sept. 15-18 at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Michigan,
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The newly named Metro Boat Show at Lake St. Clair Metropark has expanded this year.

The newly named Metro Boat Show at Lake St. Clair Metropark has expanded this year.

The Metro Boat Show, coming to Lake St. Clair Metropark in Michigan Sept. 15-18, has a new name and a new look this year, nearly doubling in size.

Organizers said the event in Harrison Township, Mich., northeast of Detroit, has expanded into the North Marina after filling the South Marina because of demand from exhibitors for more space for boats.

Organizers said show-goers will see 110 slips filled with boats — 26 slips more than in 2015 — as well as 6,000 more square feet of land space, bringing the total bulk space to 48,000 square feet.

Overall, space sales are up 10 percent from 2015, organizers said. Hundreds of boats from 10 to 60 feet are expected to be on display.

“Exhibitors who have downsized in the past are increasing their spaces again,” exhibitor sales director Bethany Sly said in a statement. “The show is growing, and we’ve heard boat sales are up this year from our exhibitors. We’re expecting a great show.”

The Michigan Boating Industries Association produces the show.

“Gas prices are low, water levels are up, the weather has been warm — all great factors leading to a great season of boating,” MBIA show manager and executive director Nicki Polan said. “Dealers have told us that they are seeing more new customers and younger people buying boats, a great indicator for our industry.”

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