The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show and the Progressive Insurance World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition both reported two-percent attendance increases for their 2019 events that took place on successive weekends in early March.
The Atlantic City event ended its four-day run on March 3 with 39,454 attendees compared to 38,603 in 2018. Additionally, according to show management, the three-year attendance average was up six percent.
Show highlights included the third-annual career day that hosted nearly 100 students from Philadelphia and New Jersey area high schools and vocational centers. Fishing Friday was new in 2019 and included an evening of interactive competitions on fishing simulators. Super Thursday offered discounted entry and, for children, there was a Touch-a-Boat tour.
On the following weekend, the 2019 Progressive Insurance World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, presented by Stihl, wrapped up Sunday with 16,217 visitors compared to 15,889 in 2018. The show celebrated its 42 anniversary. Highlights included daily free seminars on hunting and fishing, the Hawg Trough fishing tank and Family Day on Sunday.