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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the Nashville Boat & Sportshow, the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow, and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association's Yacht Brokerage University, the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show and "Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!"

The 26th annual Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat & Sportshow runs Jan. 12-15 at the Nashville (Tenn.) Convention Center.

The event showcases hundreds of the latest boats from the region’s top dealers, marine accessories and travel destinations for sale, daily boating and fishing courses and free activities for the family.

“With special deals on everything from canoes and cruisers to engines and electronics, plus kids’ activities and a boating education lineup that’s second to none, the Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat & Sportshow is the best place to compare, save and plan your next outdoor adventure,” show manager Kim Muncy said in a statement.  “The 2012 show provides a one-stop marketplace for every on-the-water activity, lifestyle and budget.”

In addition to shopping the show, visitors can find special features, including:

• New: Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel: The world’s only water-skiing squirrel, Twiggy has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” CNN and “Good Morning America” and in movies that include “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” and “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”

• Seminar series: Check out the enhanced boating and fishing seminar series and speakers at no cost for attendees.

• Bass Tub: Get a fresh perspective on fishing from the viewpoint of the fish. This 50-foot, 5,000-gallon aquarium is stocked with native Tennessee gamefish. Enjoy a rare underwater view of fish reacting to — and even striking — lures and baits during fishing and casting demonstrations.

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    The 2012 Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow, which will take place Jan. 19-22 at H. Roe Bartle Hall, will feature new hands-on education and family attractions, an appearance from the world’s top angler and hundreds of boats, RVs and outdoors accessories for sale.

    “Whether you’re a boater, hunter, angler or enjoy hitting the pavement, the Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow is a one-stop shop for any outdoor adventure, featuring the newest products from the region’s top dealers,” show manager Mark Adams said in a statement. “The 2012 show also provides a chance for novices and experts to experience all things outdoors through a wide variety of hands-on education and family entertainment.”

    Attractions include:

    • New: Boating, Fishing & Outdoors 101. Visitors can get their feet wet in all things outdoors through interactive, hands-on seminars from experts. The educational features cater to every outdoor interest and level of experience.

    • New: Fred's Shed, DIY seminars and interactive learning center. Do-it-yourselfers or boat owners interested in maintaining, repairing or upgrading their boat or engine can head to Fred's Shed for practical professional advice. Free daily seminars and talk-show format clinics cover a variety of topics and include demos and question-and-answer sessions.

    • New: Try scuba at the Dema “Be a Diver Pool.”

    • New: Power Boat Docking Challenge. New and experienced boaters can become more confident behind the helm. The interactive experience pits show participants against one another. They compete against the clock, steering and docking a 4-foot, twin-engine, remote-controlled powerboat from an actual life-size boat helm down a 20-foot pool into a marina, and ultimately a slip, for a chance to win prizes.

    • New: Dora the Explorer is making an appearance Jan. 21-22.

    * *  *, a Dominion Marine Media business, and the Florida Yacht Brokers Association will hold their next Yacht Brokerage University Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale.

    The one-day event features presentations and panel discussions by industry experts.

    The presentations include:

    • State of the Industry: New Trends & What’s to Come in 2012

    • Successful Internet Marketing Techniques for Brokers: Consumer Insights, Social Media and Mobile Strategies

    • BoatWizard 2.0: Live tour and demonstration

    • Best Practices Panel: Brokers Who are Putting Today’s Best Practices into Action

    • New Sales Strategies to Help Brokers Close More Leads

      “YachtWorld is excited about partnering with FYBA for the second consecutive year to host the Fort Lauderdale Yacht Brokerage University,” Dominion Marine Media vice president and general manager Ian Atkins said in a statement. “It is a great event to kick off 2012, and our hope is that the brokers will take the information and put it into action. Our agenda is brimming with industry trends, statistics, mobile and social marketing techniques, plus targeted sales strategies.”

      There is no cost for brokers who want to attend, but space is limited and pre-registration is required. members can also sign up via BoatWizard.

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      Outdoor sports lovers in the Delaware Valley can go to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, Pa., from Feb. 16-19 for the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show.

      From fishing gear and tackle manufacturers to hunting gear and outfitters, camping and paddle sports and ATVs and RVs, there is something for every outdoor enthusiast.

      “We’re glad to be returning to the Philadelphia area again,” show director Paul Fuller said in a statement. “If you’re in the market for new gear, then the Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sports Show is the place to be to find all types of outdoor equipment that you won’t find in retail stores or mail order catalogs. In addition to hundreds of exhibitors selling the latest and greatest gear, we also have many opportunities for attendees to get advice from some notable pro anglers and outdoor TV personalities.”

      The event also includes Sport Show’s Bass University, where attendees can learn from professional bass anglers. At the Philadelphia show, 2011 FWC champion Scott Martin is the university’s headliner, along with pro anglers John Crews, Peter Gluszek and Kevin Short.

      The show also boasts seminars led by well-known names in fishing and hunting. Pro anglers Lou Consoli, Mike Acord and George Acord Jr. will attend, along with TV personalities and hunting experts.

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      Ladies, Let's Go Fishing!” is offering a seminar March 16-18 in Naples, Fla.

      Held in conjunction with support from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the seminar will offer a weekend of educational fishing activities at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club. Hotel accommodations will be at the Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites.

      The seminar will start with a networking happy hour at the Naples Harbour Yacht Club on March 16; the classroom portion starts the next morning. Fishing techniques will be taught at beginner and intermediate/advanced levels in the morning. The event also includes several “hands-on” fishing stations, such as conservation techniques, spin casting, net casting, landing and releasing, trailer backing, fly casting, knot tying, gaffing grapefruits, boat handling and reeling against pressure.

      On March 18, participants have the option to practice their newly learned skills from either a bay/backcountry or group boat, followed by a fillet demonstration.


      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.