Michigan show reports boost in attendance

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The Boating & Outdoor Festival, held Sept. 20-23 at Lake St. Clair Metropark, saw a 5 percent boost in attendance, with 9,838 visitors, according to organizers.

Show producer Michigan Boating Industries Association also said the number of exhibitors and the overall size of the show also increased from 2012, with space sales up more than 14 percent, featuring more boats across all categories.

“The aisles were full both Saturday and Sunday, and there were lots of people on boats,” show manager John Ropp said in a statement. “We lucked out with the weather. While low water was an initial concern, it wasn’t impairing. Even the sailboats made it easily into the marina.”

The show featured nearly 300 boats ranging from 8 to 48 feet and more than 125 exhibitors.

“We saw quite a few ‘sold’ signs and heard positive sales feedback from everyone we talked to at the show, which represents a very wide range of boat types and sizes,” the MBIA’s Nicki Polan said in a statement.

The show featured cruisers as large as 48 feet, runabouts, pontoon boats, daysailers, kayaks, center-console fishing boats, keeled sailboats as large as 40 feet, ski and wakeboard boats, outboards, aluminum fishing boats, personal watercraft and performance boats.

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