Snow slows crowds at New England show

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Exhibitors at the Progressive New England Boat Show are hoping the upcoming weekend will help to offset the blow delivered by snow during the nine-day show’s first weekend.

The show closed during Sunday’s blizzard and was slow on Saturday, presumably as locals prepared for yet another crippling snowfall.

“We’re all hoping for the crush of the weekend that we deserve” this Saturday and Sunday, the show’s final days, said Larry Russo, the president of Boston-area Russo Marine.

After the closing on Sunday, Feb. 15, exhibitors expected a busy Monday — Presidents Day and the first day of Massachusetts schools’ week-long break — but that never came, Russo said.

“The parking lots fill quickly,” Russo told Trade Only Today. “They’re clear, but small. There’s offsite parking, with buses to pick up attendees and take them back and forth.”

Boats are still selling, however, and the people who do show up are quality customers.

And snow is an old story for the New England show, Russo said. It is a hurdle that dealers are accustomed to.

“This is why we have a nine-day show,” Russo said. “We are hoping that the coming weekend will offset the hit delivered by last weekend’s snow. Exhibitors complain about how long it is, but if you get snow on a weekend in a one-weekend show, you’ll be out of business.”

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