This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow and the 2011 China International Boat Show.
The 54th annual Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow runs Jan. 26-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
The Mid-South's largest sports show offers the latest in boating, recreational vehicles, gadgets and gear.
"The Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow provides visitors with a one-stop shop for boats, RVs and accessories to suit any lifestyle and budget," show manager Kim Muncy said in a statement. "The region's top dealers will be under one roof, offering some of the best deals of the year, plus we have an extensive lineup of seminars and fun activities for the whole family."
In addition to shopping the 2011 show, visitors can find special features that include fishing seminars, kids' trout fishing, kids' casting and minnow races.
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Organizers of the 2011 China International Boat Show say 88 percent of the exhibit space at the Shanghai Exhibition Center has been sold.
"It is likely that this year's show, like many before it, will have national pavilions from boatbuilding powerhouses like France, Italy and Australia, with a strong presence from New Zealand," organizers said. "[A] Taiwan pavilion [will] join the Shanghai Show again to seize the chance to enlarge their promotion and try to find more yacht buyers."
Online registrants whose information is complete and approved will receive one free ticket to the show.
"With growing middle and upper classes, and with China now having more millionaires than Europe, any company that ignores this country does so at the risk to its bottom line or market share," organizers said. "It is the place to meet others interested in boats and the water, whether fellow enthusiasts, customers, suppliers, B-to-B opportunities and so much more."