Shows in Cleveland, Chicago on tap

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A Cleveland boat show is getting a new name and a face-lift in January.

The Mid-America Boat & Fishing Show will be held Jan. 15-24 at the I-X Center in Cleveland and will feature used products alongside the newest models of fishing-, power- and sailboats as well as personal watercraft.

Fishing boats for all types of waterways and budgets will be featured at the show, as well as a stage where demonstrations can be presented by the area's top anglers.

"After holding the same type of show for so many years, it was time to take a step back and look at the big picture," show manager Ken Alvey said in a statement. "Most boaters enter into the sport through the used market and half of all boaters on Lake Erie use their boats for fishing. Those are two large markets and it was a no-brainer to change the event's makeup from primarily a powerboat show to include them."

Children 12 years and younger will receive free admission and BoatU.S. members will receive a discount.

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Strictly Sail Chicago will be held Jan. 28-31 at Navy Pier.

In its 15th year, one of the largest indoor shows in the country has become a tradition for sailors to meet and discuss the upcoming season and find the best deals on sailboats, gear and accessories. It will also feature more than 200 educational seminars hosted by professional sailors from across the globe.

"The world-renowned educational seminars make Strictly Sail Chicago the perfect winter rendezvous for both novice and experienced sailors looking to further their knowledge of sailing," show manager Kevin Murphy said in a statement.

Some features of the show include a Green Boating Zone, an Author's Corner, and Jack Klang's Sailing Simulator. Strictly Sail 2010 is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and is endorsed by Sail America.

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