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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show and the America's Cup 12 Metre Legends Reunion in Newport, R.I.

Organizers said good weather helped fuel an 11 percent increase in attendance at the 31st annual Michigan City In-Water Boat Show, which was held Aug. 19-22 near Chicago.

The show drew 17,500 visitors, compared with about 15,500 last year.

"I think it was a great event," show manager Ken Alvey said in a statement. "It put a lot of dealers in good positions to sell boats this fall and hopefully means good things are ahead for the coming shows. The interest in buying, at least along the southern shore of Lake Michigan, has improved a lot since last year."

More than 60 exhibitors from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee filled the docks and land spaces.

The tall ship Appledore IV made a special appearance to take attendees for cruises, and Capt'n Willie, the Great Lakes pirate, performed several shows each day for families.

Next year's dates are not finalized, but will fall on either the third or fourth weekend in August, organizers said.

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The New York Yacht Club will be the host of an America's Cup 12 Metre Legends Reunion Sept. 16-19 during the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show.

A free public event at the reunion will be held at the show at 5 p.m.  Sept. 16 when Bill Ficker, who skippered Intrepid US 22 through its successful defense of the 1970 America's Cup over Australia's Gretel II KA 3, will lead the Legends Panel, along with six of the most famous names in the history of the America's Cup race.

Gary Jobson, ESPN's yachting commentator and co-chairman of the reunion, will moderate.

Another reunion event that will attract attention during the show is a series of 12-meter yacht races on Narragansett Bay.

The Newport International Boat Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. More than 750 exhibitors with more than 600 boats ranging in size from 16 to 85 feet are expected to be at the show.

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