VIDEO: Attendees defy weather and show up at Atlantic City and Suffern shows

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The Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show wrapped up Sunday with 38,603 attendees, an increase of one percent over 2017 despite the Nor’easter that hit the area on Friday March 2. Attendance was also up three percent from the show’s three-year average. Exhibitors reported strong sales with many saying it was their best Atlantic City show ever.

Highlights of the 2018 show include the first official NJ Boating Career Day that hosted about 40 students with Mayor Frank Gilliam of Atlantic City giving the opening remarks. The Touch-a-Boat Tour for kids let 1,150 kids tour 10 different types of boats. Super Thursday offered deep discounts for a single day and $5 off tickets after 5 p.m. while giveaways from Meet AC and the Captain Table’s Gala supported the local charity, Let us Eat Please, which raised money to help nonprofits. Finally, the Progressive Boat Club’s virtual reality boat race game was a big draw throughout the event.

Convention center and tourism partner, Meet AC estimated the local economic impact of the show at more than $5.2 million for the area.

Here’s the video to promote the Atlantic City Show.

Not far from Atlantic City, the Progressive Insurance World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition finished its four-day run last Sunday at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y., with 15,889 visitors, which was down 9 percent due to the Nor’easter hitting on Friday with heavy snow and power outages in the surrounding area. Looking at the three-year average, NMMA said the show was down only 5 percent. Exhibitors reported strong sales, trips booked and quality leads.

The Suffern show included hands-on education and appearances by reigning Bassmaster Classic winner Jordan Lee, plus 2017 BASS Angler of the Year Brandon Palaniuk as well as BASS pro Ish Monroe. On Saturday’s Saltwater Superday, seminars focused on fishing off the mid-Atlantic coast and Sunday was family day with a scavenger hunt for kids and the first 100 children received a free Plano tackle box. 

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