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This roundup of shows and events includes news from the Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival and the YachtInfo Steering Committee.

The third annual Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival is scheduled for Sept. 16-18 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach.

As a special promotion, anyone who attends the festival from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 16 and brings one of the following items for servicemen will receive free admission: a bag of beef jerky, three foil packs of tuna and a disposable camera.

Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Inc. will have a booth at the event all weekend and will encourage visitors to bring items and to stop at the booth to write a letter to a soldier.

“We are so appreciative to Florida Marine Flea Market and Seafood Festival for continuing their partnership with FSO in support of our troops. It is because of our troops that we can enjoy the luxuries of our freedom to participate in such fun-filled events with great entertainment, great food and great fun,” Lynelle Zelnar, executive director and founder of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, said in a statement.

The event will provide an outlet for the marine industry and individuals to sell overstocked, new and used marine equipment at a fraction of the original retail cost. Several dealers will display and sell new and used boats.

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The YachtInfo Steering Committee announced its 2011 YachtInfo seminar curriculum.

The Oct. 28 event is being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bahia Mar in Fort Lauderdale.

The seminar is dedicated to the advancement of professionalism, and its content is directed at yachting professionals in all aspects of the marine industry, the media and owners.

Participants are required to register in advance. Tickets for the seminars are $25; complete tickets, which include the seminars, Captains Briefing and a cocktail party, are $35.

Click here for information and to register.


Connecticut spring show adds charity benefit

The Connecticut Spring Boat Show will be held Friday May 4 through Sunday, May 6, at Brewer Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn., and this year will be the first time that admission fees will benefit the charity SailsUP4Cancer

Cobalt’s first 23-foot outboard model unveiled

Cobalt Boats introduced its first 23-foot outboard, the Model 23SC, to offer first-time buyers and occasional boaters seeking higher quality and reliability the same level of construction, performance and attention to detail offered in its larger boats.

AIM announces new hires

Catapult Creative Labs, the internal marketing communications agency of Active Interest Media, has hired Andrea Kupfer as vice president, account executive and Christina Erb LoVullo as creative services director. Kupfer will lead Catapult’s long-term sales growth and profitability and Erb LoVullo will oversee marketing and creative services.