Shows and Events


This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Mid-South Sport & Boat Show, Central New York Boat Show and Sale and the Liverpool Boat Show.

More than 15 hours of seminars are included with the price of admission to the 47th annual Mid-South Sports & Boat Show, which starts today and runs through Sunday at Agricenter International in East Memphis, Tenn.

Produced by Memphis-based Expo South, the show's list of seminar speakers will cover subjects that include turkey hunting, spring crappie fishing, fly fishing and deer communication in the offseason.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for youths with a discount coupon available via Expo South's website.

Show hours will be noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The seminar speakers' list includes Mid-South fly fishing guru Dan Berry of the Berry Brothers Guide Service. Berry will be doing two seminars titled "Home Waters." Berry is one of the original members of the Mid-South Fly Fishers and is considered the dean of fly casting in the South.

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The Central New York Boat Show and Sale continues through Sunday at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

The event is showcasing more than 500 new models of powerboats and sailboats, including cruisers, sportboats, pontoon boats and personal watercraft. A few luxury motor yachts are also on display.

Hours are 1-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults. Children 13 and under are admitted free.

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Marine Industry Events, organizer of the 2011 Liverpool Boat Show, said the inaugural event was canceled.

Marine Industry Events said the economy's effects on the leisure marine sector affected exhibitors for the event and said the long-term potential for a major boat show in Liverpool needed to be protected. The show had been scheduled for April 29-May 8.

Rob Mackenzie, managing director of Marine Industry Events, said: "Our decision is obviously appalling news and it has been an extremely difficult decision to take, not least because of the enormous sense of responsibility and partnership we feel for everyone in Liverpool. The city council and its corporate partners, British Waterways, Liverpool Marina, Albert Dock Liverpool and the local sailing community have worked very hard to support this project.

"The failure and the financial loss and its consequences is MIE's to bear alone, but it is better to cancel the show to protect Liverpool's reputation rather than to allow exhibitors who booked in good faith and visitors who would have traveled from all over the country in expectation of the participation of brands who'd made late decisions not to take part."

The show was launched 18 months ago and enjoyed strong support from many major marine brands. During the period, more than 300 prospective exhibitors, sponsors and partners visited Liverpool's waterfront.

There was a groundswell of contracted and in-principle exhibitor support across a broad cross-section of the leisure marine industry. However, since late November market sentiment about the economic outlook deteriorated rapidly, affecting confidence among boat manufacturers, dealers, smaller retailers and traders.

The negative trend accelerated sharply in late January. Many contracted exhibitors cited a commercially disastrous London Boat Show as the catalyst for their decision to withdraw from Liverpool, Mackenzie said.


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