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The 54th annual Los Angeles Boat Show, produced by the Southern California Marine Association, will offer a new four-day event format in 2010, half of the eight-day event held this year.

The show will run Feb. 18-21.

"We wanted to do what is best for our member/exhibitors and the boating public," SCMA executive director Dave Geoffroy said in a statement. "It is incumbent upon us as a member-owned trade association to come up with the right show, at the right time.

"Based upon input from members, exhibitors and other industry leaders, it became evident that creating a four-day format was simply the right thing to do for 2010 given the economic challenges we all face," he added.

In addition to the new four-day format, SCMA has also decided to reduce the admission charge for adults to only $10, a $2 reduction from last year. As always, children 12 and under are free.

Boat show hours have been extended slightly for with the opening Thursday and Friday at noon and closing at 9 p.m. Saturday show hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The 24th annual Nashville Boat & Sportshow is set for Jan. 6 -10 at the Nashville Convention Center.

The five-day event has grown into a primary boat and marine accessory show, attracting thousands from around the mid-South region, with hundreds of the latest boats from the region's top dealers, plus a wide selection of marine accessories and gadgets, in addition to activities for the entire family.

"The Nashville Boat & Sportshow gives visitors the opportunity to shop the largest selection of boats and accessories at unprecedented bargains with fun for the whole family," show manager Kim Muncy said in a statement. "There's no better place to shop, compare and save than this show, which offers a one-stop marketplace for every on-the-water activity, lifestyle and budget."

In addition to shopping the 2010 show, visitors can find a variety of special features including an Affordability Pavilion, kids' trout fishing exhibit and a seminar series.

The show also will offer preshow shopping, allowing attendees to preshop the 2010 show for the greatest deals on the newest boats by visiting NashvilleBoatShow.com beginning Dec. 1.

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In an effort to accommodate the growing number of boats confirmed by participating exhibitors at this year's Kansas City Boat & Sportshow, the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced a 55 percent increase in show floor space for the 2010 show.

The show runs Jan. 7-10.

"In its 56th year, the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow offers area-wide boat dealers the opportunity to work directly with interested customers and showcase special show discounts and pricing to entice buyers, generating approximately 30 to 50 percent of their annual revenues," show manager Mark Adams said in a statement.

"We're excited that we will be offering attendees the quality and quantity of boats they've come to expect from this show," he added.

In addition to the latest boats, RVs and accessories, visitors to the 2010 Kansas City Boat & Sportshow can find a variety of special features, including a newly added Affordability Pavilion, Pirates of Colonial America exhibit, a trout pond where kids fish for free, and a seminar lineup packed with top hunting and fishing personalities.

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