Shows underway in Atlanta, Kansas City and Nashville

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The NMMA said four-day boat shows open today in three U.S. cities — Atlanta, Kansas City and Nashville.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association said in its Currents newsletter that the Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show is being held at the Georgia World Congress Center. It fills 415,000 square feet with more than 600 boats, marine accessories and technology.

The Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow opens today at Bartle Hall, filling 270,000 square feet with more than 300 boats, outdoor gear and technology.

Lumber Jill’s will perform its log-rolling and ax-throwing skills, Cabela's has an archery range for children and the Progressive Boat Club will have its new Oculus Rift virtual-reality experience, which simulates a virtual boat race.

The Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat Show is being held at the Music City Center, filling 180,000 square feet with 300 boats and marine products and technology.

The show has added features and seminars that include free kids’ fishing clinics taught by former National Football League player Kendall Newson, founder of the Teach a Kid to Fish Foundation.

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