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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Providence (R.I.) Boat Show, the Association of Marine Technicians Trade Show and the Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival.

The 18th annual Providence (R.I.) Boat Show is set for Jan. 13-16 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence.

Organizers said 225 exhibitors displaying more than 300 boats ranging from 8 to 40 feet are expected to take part.

The show also features 130 booths with electronics, engines, accessories and marine services.

There will be a $20,000 boat giveaway contest, sponsored by WPRO, WWLI-FM and South Attleboro Marine, and demonstrations, workshops and seminars.

Children's activities include the Bassmaster CastingKids program, which is a flip, pitch and cast teaching activity for children 7 and up. It will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and is sponsored by the Rhode Island B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.

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The 18th annual Association of Marine Technicians Trade Show is set for Jan. 13-17 in Ormond Beach, Fla.

"During these turbulent times service and support have proven to be the keys to marine businesses' success and survival because fewer people are buying new boats," Amtech founder Joseph DeMarco said in a statement.

"Our annual Amtech trade show is dedicated to serving the service professionals," DeMarco added. "I founded Amtech in 1999 in response to what I saw as a need for technicians and for those who teach, employ or do business with them, to have a professional network in which to exchange ideas and to keep current with boat maintenance."

The 2011 expo will include 32 hours of technical hands-on training; product and service exhibits; industry discussions on improving marine business survival and industry networking opportunities.

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More than 100 boats will be featured at the public auction Jan. 16 at the second annual Indian River Nautical Flea Market and Seafood Festival in Vero Beach, Fla.

The event will be held at the Indian River Fairgrounds and bidders can participate on site or online via Proxibid. From short sales, dealer trades, private consignments and repossessions, the auction will include watercraft and other vehicles.

A preview will be held Jan.15, starting at 11 a.m. The live auction will begin the next day at 11 a.m. The entire catalog will be available online. Preregistration to sell or buy a boat is available at the website or by calling (561) 844-0440.

The theme of this year's festival is "Bargains Galore." Bargain hunters looking for deals can visit more than 300 booths of nautical and marine-related merchandise and services during the three-day festival. New and used boats will be displayed by marinas and private individuals.

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