With more than 9,000 people attending, the inaugural Boating & Outdoor Recreation Festival, held Sept. 22-26 at Metro Beach Metropark in Harrison Township, Mich. was deemed a success by the Michigan Boating Industries Association.
"Despite questionable weather the first three days, we had excellent numbers for the overall show," show manager and MBIA president Van Snider said in a statement. "If Wednesday through Friday had not been so cold and windy, I'm sure we would have reached our goal of 10,000 people."
The overall opinion of the event by exhibitors was equally positive.
"We saw more people on Saturday than we did in the last five years combined," Jim Kehrig, of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, said in a statement. "There were lots of shoes on the docks and lots of people on boats."
In addition to boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles and other recreational equipment, supplies and services, the festival featured art, pet adoptions, live music, and appearances by "Deadliest Catch" crewmembers, radio station staff and SpongeBob SquarePants.
In other news, MBIA announced that Snider was inducted into the Michigan Society of Association Executives Hall of Fame Sept. 22. He has served as president of the MBIA since August 1990.
"I'm very appreciative to have been inducted in to the MSAE Hall of Fame," Snider said, in a statement. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in association management and the opportunity to serve the Michigan boating industry and MBIA. To be recognized for my service through this honor by the Michigan Society of Association Executives is very satisfying."
Also at that event, the Michigan Clean Marina Program won the MSAE Gold Honorable Mention Award for Innovative Collaboration.
Michigan has 38 certified Clean Marinas.