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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show, the Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show, the Miami International Boat Show and the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

The Chicago Outdoor Sportsmen Show takes place Jan. 26-29 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill.

Headliners this year include Bass University; Brody, the 1,400-pound Kodiak brown bear; archer Frank Addington; and a host of local and regional anglers. The show also features a catch-and-release trout pond and the 5,000-gallon Hawg Trough.

Attendees will be able to shop for deals on fishing tackle, boats, archery, outfitters, wildlife art, hunting supplies, charters, rafting, gun safes and knives, taxidermy and more.

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The 32nd annual Charleston (S.C.) Boat Show will be held Jan. 27-29 at the North Charleston Convention Center.

The area’s biggest boat show and sale features the latest models, many offered at discount prices. The region’s leading dealers will be on-site to showcase a multitude of powerboats, including sport cruisers, motor and express yachts, sportfishing boats, center console fishing boats, bass boats, bowriders, deck- and aluminum boats, runabouts, bay boats, shallow water flat skiffs and family cruisers.

Exhibitors will feature an extensive assortment of the latest in marine and fishing products, including fishing tackle and accessories, marine electronics, boat lifts, dock systems, marine finance and insurance and nautical jewelry and artwork.

Features include:

• The History Channel’s “Swamp People”

• A Coastal Fishing Expo, providing fishing seminars, demonstrations and one-on-one discussions with local experts

• The show's first Wing Eating Contest

• The Fishing Simulator, presented by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

    The Charleston Boat Show is sponsored by Mercury Marine and hosted by the Tri- County Marine Trade Association.

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    The 10th Annual Leading with Vision and Values luncheon will be held from noon to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 17 during the Miami International Boat Show.

    This event, hosted by Duane and Tim Kuck of Regal Marine Industries on behalf of the Regal Foundation, brings together members of the marine industry for a time of fellowship and an opportunity to hear inspirational speakers who exemplify leadership with visionary goals and values.

    This year’s guest speaker is football coach Bobby Bowden. Bowden will share his brand of leadership and insight as he reflects on life, faith and football, having guided the Florida State University football team to more than 300 victories, two national championships and 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles.

    “We are fortunate to have Bobby Bowden on our roster as this year’s keynote speaker,” Tim Kuck said in a statement. “We are extending an invitation to our boating industry friends and colleagues to be a part of this unforgettable event.”

    Corporate tables of eight are available for $250, and individual tickets are $35.

    To purchase tickets, e-mail Mary Geltzer at by Feb. 8.

    Each guest attending will receive a copy of Bowden’s book, “Called to Coach.”

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    The 27th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show is set for March 22–25 along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    The event features more than $350 million worth of boats, yachts and accessories from the world's leading marine manufacturers and is one of the top 10 boat shows in the country, according to show organizers. It will include hundreds of boats, ranging from small inflatables and center consoles to fishing boats and superyachts larger than 150 feet.

    The Palm Beach International Boat Show is owned and sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County and managed and produced by Show Management.


    Yamaha sponsors Jacksonville show

    Yamaha has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Jacksonville In-Water Boat Show that runs April 13 -15 at Metropolitan Park and Marina in Jacksonville, Fla.

    Volvo Penta announces contest

    Volvo Penta of the Americas is asking new engine owners to submit stories to its inaugural Boating Dreams contest and will award the winner with a Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

    MIASF volunteers collect 32 tons of trash

    The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and the Marine Industry Cares Foundation, organizers of the 41st Annual Broward County Waterway Cleanup held on March 3, collected 32 tons of trash from 31 sites around the county.