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Mid-America Boat Show returns this week

The Progressive Mid-America Boat Show will open Thursday at the International Exposition Center in Cleveland and continue through Sunday.

Organizers said the show will be nearly 20 percent bigger this year because of a show within the show dubbed the “Fish NOW Expo.”

“This new section significantly increases our fishing footprint, as it includes fishing exhibits and features from a sports show that has been scrubbed in the Cleveland market,” show manager Bryan Ralston said in a statement. “After all, boaters fish and fishermen boat, so we’re excited about this making up a single big show.”

Ralston also anticipates a boost in attendance.

“We hope many who attended the old sports show will now join the 40,000 boaters who converge on our boat show annually,” he added. “And we’ve added features like the Berkley Fish Tank; Dan Armitage’s popular ‘Kids Fishing 411’ Clinics; a new casting skills pond; and continual on-stage seminars by national and local tourney pros.”

The show will feature more than 450 powerboats and sailboats, ranging from kayaks to 50-foot motoryachts. The show, marking its 61st year, is produced by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association.

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