This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show in Hartford, Conn., and the New England Boat Show in Boston.
The 16th annual Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show will be held Feb. 15-17 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
Organizers say the show will feature hundreds of booths showcasing the latest products for fishing and hunting enthusiasts. More than 50 hours of seminars by national and regional expert fishermen and hunters, demonstrations at a casting pond and fly-tying center and hands-on activities are included with admission.
"Attendees will discover the newest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment by some of the top manufacturers and can purchase a variety of products," North East Expos president Kristie Gonsalves said in a statement. "They will meet charterboat captains, check out new models of fishing boats, watch fly-casting and fly-tying demonstrations and enjoy lots of interactive activities."
Featured seminar presenters include NBC Sports and NESN's “Mad Fisherman” Charlie Moore; Greg Myerson, the world record holder for largest striped bass with his winning 81.88-pound catch; Lane Benoit, legendary Vermont whitetail buck tracker; and Del DelMastro, archery tackle and urban deer hunter.
Show hours will be noon to 7 p.m., Feb. 15; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Feb. 16; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 17. Admission is $12 for adults; $4 for children ages 5 to 12; and free for children under age 5.
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The New England Boat Show will be held Feb. 16-24 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
The show attracts thousands from the New England seaboard. It fills 300,000 square feet and features hundreds of the newest boats from the region’s dealers. The show also has more than 250 exhibits of the latest in marine accessories.
SailFest is back and will feature sailboats from 8 to 42 feet from more than 20 builders. There will be more than 100 booths of sailing-related products and services, including sailmakers, canvas, sailboat hardware, cordage, marine electronics, rigging equipment and services, time share companies offering large sailboats for fractional ownership, sailing schools, foul weather gear, sailing gear and clothing.