St. Petersburg show returns in December

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The St. Petersburg (Fla.) Power & Sailboat Show is set to take place from Dec. 4-7 at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater Yacht Basin and Albert Whitted Park along the St. Petersburg waterfront.

Entering its 37th year, the four-day show, the largest in-water boat show on Florida's Gulf Coast, will feature powerboats, sailboats, marine electronics and other products.

"The St. Pete waterfront is such a vibrant attraction, and we are thrilled to be a part of it and continue our 37-year tradition," Show Management CEO Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III said in a statement. 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."

The show will offer a schedule of educational 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 (Dec. 6), 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.

"This show is truly fun for the whole family," Show Management marketing director Steve Sheer said. "Whether you own a boat or live near the water, the show has something for everyone, with hundreds of boats to see and tents loaded with accessories, electronics, marine gear and all sorts of products for the marine lifestyle. Guests are invited to catch a seminar, meet a famous author, listen to music, have a cold drink and bite to eat, pick up some fishing tips, and for the kids on Saturday and Sunday, there's Capt. Don from Hook the Future to educate, entertain and give away great prizes."

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