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This roundup of upcoming industry events includes news from the Boston Fall Boat Show and the 81st annual Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show.

The annual Boston Fall Boat Show returns Oct. 1-3 to the Seaport World Trade Center.

This year's event will feature the latest in new boats, ranging from rowboats to 40-footers. It will give visitors their first look at 2011 model runabouts, ski boats, deck boats, pontoons, fishing boats and cruisers.

For the first time, this year's show will feature late-model, used and brokerage boats from New England's leading dealers and brokers. The show will include a collection of fully serviced, cleaned and detailed used boats in the 15- to 35-foot range.

All used boats will be highly desirable brands that are less than 10 years old, organizers said.

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today it is joining forces with Affinity Events to produce the 81st annual Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, which takes place in January.

"We're pleased to partner with Affinity Events and combine our strengths in the boating and recreational vehicle industries to produce an outstanding event for Midwestern outdoorsmen," said Ben Wold, executive vice president of NMMA, in a statement. "Our partnership will allow the 2011 show to offer the best of both industries and will contain significantly more boating and RV product, features, events and seminars than in recent years - becoming a must-attend for both outdoor industry companies and enthusiasts."

Affinity Events will oversee all aspects of the show's RV Pavilion, which will consist of more than 100,000 square feet of RV models from the region's leading dealers, plus exhibits on campground destinations, RV products and accessories. There will also be a variety of RV-related features, seminars and entertainment.

The 2011 Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show will take place Jan. 12-16, 2011, at McCormick Place.

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