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NMMA adds third boat show in Chicago

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is launching a new show called the Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show, which will take place June 7-12 at the new 31st Street Harbor.

“As the first major event held at 31st Street Harbor [which opens in May], we’re thrilled to provide Chicagoans and visitors an opportunity to discover boating along Chicago’s magnificent lakefront,” NMMA executive vice president Ben Wold said in a statement.

“With 1,000 slips and top-notch amenities, the city’s latest premier marine facility is an ideal in-water boat show venue with ample room to grow into a favorite annual tradition for boaters and a summer sales haven for the region’s dealers and manufacturers,” he added.

The 2012 Progressive Insurance Chicago In-Water Boat Show will feature dozens of dealers and builders showcasing about 150 powerboats and sailboats for sale, more than 100 accessory, technology and travel booths, and in-water and on-land attractions, including complimentary boating courses at a Discover Boating Demo Dock.

The NMMA also produces the Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, Sports and RV Show and Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago.

With the addition of the new show, the NMMA owns and produces a total of 18 consumer boat and sport shows in the United States.

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