This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival and the Fred Hall Show.
The second annual Palm Beach Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival will be held Feb. 11-13 at the South Florida Fair Grounds in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The flea market provides an outlet for the marine industry and private individuals to sell overstocked, new and used marine equipment at a fraction of the original retail cost, organizers said.
Vendors will offer a variety of items, including fishing rods, reels, lures and lines; antique collectibles and maps; teak furniture; tournament gear; nautical art, crafts and jewelry; marine artifacts; boating apparel; taxidermy and fish reproductions; diving equipment; marine accessories and parts; and floating docks.
Several boat dealers will be displaying and selling new and used boats.
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The Fred Hall Show Ultimate Outdoor Experience runs March 9-13 at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center.
The 65-year-old show has traditionally concentrated on fishing boats. However, the 2011 show will include high-performance boats, ski and wakeboard boats, deckboats, family cruisers and yachts and an array of marine accessories and services. Boats and gear will be exhibited in and around the Long Beach Convention Center and in the water at nearby Shoreline Village Marina.
This show will occupy nearly 1 million square feet of exhibit space and will feature nearly 800 booths and hundreds of boats.
With the help of in-the-water boat show production expert and publisher Duncan McIntosh, the producers of the Fred Hall Show hope the upcoming Fred Hall Long Beach Show will be one of the largest.
"We are responding to requests from the boating industry," show producer Bart Hall said in a statement. "When we started in 1946, we were the boat show. For 2011, we are consolidating forces so that we can offer boat dealers and manufacturers an opportunity to get the best possible return on their boat show investment. This consolidation is simply a necessary move to achieve an 'economy of scale' at this time in history."