This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, the New York Boat Show, the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show and the Savannah (Ga.) International Boat Show.
A group attending next month's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., is planning a "Boaters & Bikers Road Trip to the Keys."
The road trip is slated for Nov. 19-21 and is open to any member of the marine industry community and friends. It includes a weekend motorcycle road trip from Orlando to Key West, Fla.
Duffy Stenger, the event organizer and Regal Marine's vice president of sales, says the trip is an opportunity to relax, ride and have fun while enjoying great camaraderie.
"Several of us have been talking about doing this for a while, so we figured this was the perfect time to get away, and we wanted to invite others who share our passion for boating and biking to join us for the fun," Stenger said in a statement.
Plans include a local Orlando ride on Nov. 18. The group will begin its trip at 8:45 a.m. Nov. 19, ride south through the Everglades and spend the night at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in West Miami. Participants will leave at 9 a.m. Nov. 20 for Key West.
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The 106th annual New York Boat Show is scheduled for Jan. 19-23, 2011, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Attractions at America's first and longest-running boat show will include a new "History of Boating in America" exhibition; the Affordability Pavilion, featuring boats that can be financed for $250 a month or less; the second annual Wing-a-Thon; daily boating and fishing seminars; and Miss Geico, the world's fastest offshore raceboat.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association produces the show.
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The 81st annual Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show will run Jan. 12-16, 2011, at McCormick Place.
The largest sports show in the Midwest features hundreds of boats, a new RV Pavilion and specialty booths filled with marine accessories and travel destination information.
Attendees can preshop the show and schedule appointments with dealers at ChicagoBoatShow.com. The new RV Pavilion will showcase the latest RV models, exhibits of campground destinations, RV products and accessories.
The event includes family activities such as Dock Dogs; Rail Jam; Ultimate Camp Cooking Show; Reptiles Up Close and Personal; and the Huck Finn Trout Pond.
The NMMA produces the show.
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The Ninth Annual Savannah (Ga.) International Boat Show will be held March 4-6, 2011, at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.
Many of the boat dealers that attend will offer show discounts on their lines. Industry professionals will lead seminars on marine topics and exhibitors will sell an array of products and services.
The show also will offer live music, food and a children's play area.
JBM & Associates produces the show.