This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the South Carolina Marine Association, the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show and the Nashville Boat & Sportshow.
The South Carolina Marine Association is holding its annual conference and meeting Nov. 30 at the Charleston Marriott.
The focus in the education segment is on working waterfronts and waterways - what problems exist, what potential solutions are on the horizon and what different groups are doing.
Reservations must be received by Nov. 26. Only association members in good standing can participate in the annual meeting and election.
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The St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast, takes place Dec. 2-5 at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, Fla.
This year's show features a large selection of powerboats and sailboats in a new, significantly larger waterfront area and on land, including a 40,000-square-foot clear-span tent housing all types of marine gear.
"This year's St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show is on track to be more exciting, beautiful and convenient than ever before," said Dane Graziano, chief operating officer of show producer Show Management, in a statement. "The number and variety of boats and marine products, in addition to the great seminars, activities and comfortable venues, promises attendees an experience at this show like never before."
In addition to the exhibits, there will be special events and fun and educational activities, including marine seminars, the new Blue Wild Dive and Travel Show and youth fishing clinics presented by the non-profit Hook The Future.
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The 25th annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow is set for Jan. 6-9, 2011, at the Nashville Convention Center.
The four-day event showcases hundreds of the latest boats from the region's top dealers, marine accessories and travel destinations and fun activities for families.
"The Nashville Boat & Sportshow gives visitors the opportunity to board and compare boat options side by side, with unprecedented bargains to be had and fun for the whole family," show manager Kim Muncy said in a statement. "The 2011 show marks our 25th anniversary in Nashville and provides a one-stop marketplace for every on-the-water activity, lifestyle and budget."
In addition to shopping the 2011 show, visitors will find special features that include a seminar series, the Affordability Pavilion, children's trout fishing, the new bass tub and online pre-show shopping.
SpongeBob will appear on Saturday and Sunday, creating an adventure of his own and mingling with show-goers.