Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Boating & Outdoor Recreation Festival, Global Satellite USA, Weems & Plath and Aqualuma.

Organizers of the first Boating & Outdoor Recreation Festival, scheduled for Sept. 22-26 at Metro Beach Metropark in Harrison Township, Michigan, are noticing a lot of interest from exhibitors for this new event.

"We have heard positive reports from a number of other show promoters regarding sales and lead generation," Michigan Boating Industries Association president Van Snider said in a statement. "Exhibitors are hopeful this event will bring the same positive buying attitudes from Michigan's boating crowd."

This new show will feature boats on shore and in the water and other recreation exhibits catering to outdoor-minded people in Michigan and surrounding states.

"The South Marina is nearly full. The festival mission is to provide inspiration and education for individuals and families to encourage boating and outdoor recreation," Snider added. "Any group that will benefit from getting more people up off the couch and outside to enjoy healthy, family recreation should be partnering with this event."

The Michigan Boating Industries Association owns and produces the festival.

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A satellite communications seminar for yachts is set for 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Global Satellite USA offices in Fort Lauderdale.

The event will introduce attendees to the company's latest equipment and technology.

Click here for information.

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Weems & Plath is holding its annual Tent Sale beginning Oct. 7 at its Annapolis, Md., headquarters and running for the duration of the U.S. Sailboat Show. It continues through Oct. 15 for two days of the U.S. Powerboat Show.

There will be drastic price reductions on hundreds of sample items, discontinued products and overstocked merchandise. Everything from clocks, barometers, binoculars and lamps to navigation tools and log books will be available.

"We are happy to provide our friends and neighbors the opportunity to take advantage of some outstanding bargains on top-quality products," company president Peter Trogdon said in a statement.

For the third consecutive year, 10 percent of the proceeds from sales on Saturday, Oct. 9, will be donated to the Annapolis Maritime Museum. Since Hurricane Isabel devastated the museum's main structure in 2003, museum officials have launched efforts to restore the building to its original condition.

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Aqualuma announced it is a sponsor of the 2010 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, set for Oct. 28-Nov.1.

"Historically, we've always done a lot of business at this prestigious show and value the industry connections formed there. We're proud to be a sponsor and part of this industry event that boasts $3 billion worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and accessories from major manufacturers and boatbuilders worldwide," said Alexandra Bader, Aqualuma vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement.

Aqualuma is based in Australia.


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