Shortened Buffalo show draws crowds

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The Marine Trades Association of Western New York held its winter boat show Feb. 18-21 in Orchard Park, N.Y., and organizers say it was their best in 10 years.

This year's show was shortened from five days to four days, and just under 10,000 people attended.

"Boating was the only 'theme' we needed, as it was our first time in this new venue for us, and it was also on AstroTurf. Something can be said for walking on 'grass' and looking at boats - kind of makes you get that spring feeling," said Christine Weaver. "All the dealers and the vendors made sales and new contacts to make a totally successful show in the dead of winter and in Buffalo, N.Y."

The show also featured antique boats, a hydroplane and a fishing pond stocked with walleye for kids.

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