Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Providence Boat Show, the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show and the Hot Springs Boat, Tackle and RV Show.

The 18th annual Providence Boat Show returns to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence Jan. 13-16.


The show will feature more than 225 exhibitors showcasing 300 boats ranging in size from 8 to 40 feet and 130 booths with electronics, engines, accessories and services.

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will have a pavilion covering all aspects of the marine industry, including careers, and demonstrations about do-it-yourself topics.

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The Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, the largest sports show in the Midwest, features hundreds of boats, RVs and specialty booths filled with marine accessories and travel destinations.

The show will be held Jan. 12-16 at McCormick Place, North Building, on South Lake Shore Drive.

"The Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show provides visitors with a one-stop shop for boats, RVs and accessories to suit any lifestyle and budget," said show manager Keith Ogulnick. "All the region's top dealers will be on hand offering some of their best deals of the year. Plus, we have an extensive lineup of seminars and fun activities for the whole family."

The Affordability Pavilion, which showcases boats for all budgets and lifestyles with pricing options that can be financed for about $250 a month, will be among the show highlights.

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Arkansas show producer Denton & Griffey Attractions is producing the 25th annual Hot Springs Boat, Tackle and RV Show Feb. 25-27 at the Hot Springs (Ark.) Convention Center and Summit Arena.

The show will feature nearly 200 boats and recreational vehicles amid more than 100,000 square feet of exhibits featuring resorts, campgrounds, and boat and RV accessories.

Admission is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free.


A Collective Voice Against Tariffs

Organizations in the E.U. and U.S. have issued a statement ahead of next week’s Brussels Summit urging for the termination of retaliatory tariffs.

ABYC Free Webinar Series Returns

The association’s online learning events will continue with “Fuel System Troubleshooting” on June 17.

Getting to Know the Newbies

At last week’s Partners Outdoors symposium, RBFF’s Stephanie Vatalaro shared information that can help the marine industry get to know its new audiences.

Switching to Compostable Bags

Foul-weather gear maker Grundéns will start using eco-packaging that you can cut up and use in the garden.

Brunswick Corp. CEO to Headline Innovation Summit

David Foulkes will speak on implementation at the Sept. 9 summit, organized by Correct Craft.

Navico Hires Americas PR Manager

Navico brings its public-relations duties in-house with the hiring of Kim Rodriquez.

Galeon Expands Dealer Network

The builder looks to British Columbia-based dealer Freedom Marine to grow the brand in western Canada.

No Inventory? Now Is Not The Time to Stop Marketing

The MRAA’s Webinar “Marketing When You Have No Inventory” covered how dealers can build long-term equity with new and returning customers as demand outpaces supply.