Mid-America Boat Show opens on Thursday

More than 42,000 people are expected to attend the 2016 Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, which starts Thursday and continues through Monday at Cleveland’s I-X Center.
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More than 42,000 people are expected to attend the 2016 Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, which starts Thursday and continues through Monday at Cleveland’s I-X Center.

Lake Erie Marine Trades Association president Ken Alvey said the show’s floor space was expanded by nearly 20 percent to meet the increased needs of dealers that plan to display additional new models.

“The increased space reflects the continued [recovery] of boat sales in our market area,” Alvey said in a statement. “It’s also the result of manufacturers investing in many exciting new models, and that should drive continued growth.”

In addition to more than 400 powerboats and sailboats as large as 48 feet, family features and activities have also been increased this year, organizers said. They include the DEMA Scuba Diving Pool; an expanded fish school, with 14 tournament champions on stage; a College of Nautical Knowledge with 38 seminars ranging from cruising to cooking; a PWC simulator; live musical entertainment; Capt. Willie Pirate Show; Water Rollerz Pool for kids; “on-the-water” kayak simulators; and a hands-on Nature Tracks Adventure.

The show also offers weekend valet parking and runs through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, which is designated Ohio Sea Grant Day and donates a portion of the admission to the Stone Lab Educational Center at Put-In-Bay in the Lake Erie Islands.

Full details are available at www.clevelandboatshow.com.

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