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Shows and Events

This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow, The Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Expo and Lyman-Morse.

With new hands-on education, specials on hundreds of boats and outdoor accessories and several new attractions, the 2012 Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow, set for Feb. 8-12 at the America's Center and Edward Jones Dome, offers visitors a summer escape.

“The 2012 Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow is the best place to start gearing up for summer fun, with hundreds of boats for sale from top dealers in the region, enabling visitors to compare prices, take advantage of big sales and board boats all under one roof,” show manager Mark Adams said in a statement.

“This event is a family favorite for St. Louis, offering not only the best deals on boats and outdoor products, but also entertaining and interactive features that get everyone thinking about the warmer months ahead. There’s no better winter destination to discover the outdoors,” he added.

Special features at the event include:

• DIY Paradise: Fred's Shed, DIY Seminars & Interactive Learning Center — Do-it-yourselfers or boat owners who are interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading their boat or engine can head to Fred's Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily seminars and talk-show format clinics cover a variety of topics and include demos and question-and-answer sessions.

    • Try scuba at the DEMA ‘Be a Diver Pool’: Guests 10 and older are invited to take the plunge. Visitors can submerge themselves in the fun and excitement of scuba diving in a tropically warm pool, test some of the latest diving equipment and have a photo taken underwater as a keepsake.

      • The Allstate Boater and Outdoor Classroom: Boating and outdoor experts offer insight on topics that will improve skills, offer new techniques and make time spent on the water or outdoors more enjoyable.

        • Texas Bass Tank: A 40-foot aquarium is filled with 5,000 gallons of water and stocked with a variety of native fish. Daily demonstrations by professional fishermen provide a rare underwater view of how fish react to and strike at bait and fishing techniques.

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          The Eastern Fishing & Outdoor Expo is set for Feb. 10-12 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.

          “We have a very impressive slate of seminars at the expo,” show director Paul Fuller said in a statement. “Whether you are an angler, hunter or someone who just loves learning about the outdoors you won’t want to miss our seminars with national and local pros.”

          For bass anglers looking to improve their skills, Mike Iaconelli, the 2003 Bassmaster Classic winner and 2006 Bassmaster Angler of the Year, is headlining the Bass University.

          The American Fly Fishing School at the expo is a great way to learn techniques from fly-fishing masters at the casting pond on the show floor. American Fly Fishing School director Capt. Mike Corblies and instructor Jack Montague have more than 100 years of combined fly-fishing experience from fishing around the globe.

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          Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Company, in Thomaston, Maine, is planning its first Coal Pot Regatta for July 3.

          To join the Coal Pot Regatta, visit Antigua Rigging in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua, and request a Coal Pot. Participants will receive one and it is up to them to get the pot back to Thomaston for the party.

          When they arrive at Lyman-Morse in Thomaston, they hand the coal pot over to regatta officials to verify its origin. If it is found to be authentic, the crew will receive real charcoal so they can cook a dish of their choice.

          Lyman-Morse will serve lobsters, meats and vegetables, and drinks to back up each boat’s coal pot dish. Two nights of free dockage, as well as social events, also will be provided.

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