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St. Petersburg show opens today

The St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show, the largest in-water boat show on Florida’s Gulf Coast, opens today at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park along the city’s waterfront.

Now in its 37th year, the show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and will continue through Sunday, featuring powerboats, sailboats, marine electronics and other products.

The show will offer marine seminars from Sail America and children’s fishing clinics presented by the non-profit Hook The Future. Participating children ages 4 to 15 will receive a free rod/reel combo for attending.

At the Author’s Corner, visitors can enjoy a selection of marine-related books and opportunities to meet with authors. With refreshments and live musical entertainment along the expansive waterfront area, the show is a total experience of everything boating.

On Saturday, for the 14th year in a row, the Cruiser’s Party, presented by Cruising Outpost Magazine, will take place on the Gosling’s & Budweiser Floating Cocktail Lounge inside the show and will feature The Eric Stone Band, dozens of prizes, pizza and refreshments. Guests must be in the show prior to 7 p.m. to attend this event.

Show Management produces and manages the event. Soundings Trade Only and Show Management are owned by Active Interest Media.

“St. Pete has a real boating and outdoor culture and we enjoy contributing to that and to the future of the waterfront,” Show Management CEO Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III said in a statement.

Hours for the remainder of the show are: Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the gate and $10 online. Children 15 and younger will be admitted free.

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