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Newport show names winners of Edson Awards

The Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show, has named the winners of this year’s Edson Awards for Excellence in Portraying Company Image.

Four category winners received a $1,000 credit toward 2017 show contract costs from the producers. Edson also awarded a Star of the Show plaque to an overall winner.

The 2016 awardees are:

ŸBest In-Water Powerboat Display: MarineMax, Clearwater, Fla.

ŸBest In-Water Sailboat Display: Beneteau USA, Annapolis, Md.

ŸBest Free-Standing Display: Sunbrella, Burlington, N.C.

ŸBest in Tent Display: 727 Sailbags, Doylestown, Pa.

ŸBest Overall Display and Edson Star of the Show: Beneteau USA, Annapolis, Md.

“Overall, the exhibitors at the 46th annual Newport International Boat Show delivered a high level of professionalism — it was very difficult to choose the best display,” Will Keene, chairman of Edson International, said in a statement.

“Exhibits were judged by an independent group and assessed on cohesive branding throughout; eye-catching and inviting set-up; well-dressed, friendly, knowledgeable staff; brochures and business cards readily available; and a neat and clean environment.”

The show was held Sept. 15-18 along the Newport waterfront on America’s Cup Avenue in Newport. One of the largest in-water boat shows in the country, the event this year had more than 600 exhibitors from around the world.

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