Rollin’ on the River

As I said before, this time of year we need to look at a somewhat limited selection of events. Other than those of us in a handful of southern states, the weather is forcing the rest of us indoors. And even though I am all for fireworks and barbeques, there seem to be some fire regulations about holding them indoors. Go figure. But not to worry even though indoor events are the bulk of the choices right now, they are still can be informative and fun. Almost all are geared toward making you dream of warmer weather and outdoor activities. That’s what makes them so popular and why they can boast a loyal following and huge attendance numbers. Warm weather lovers can dream!

Just to show you I know what I am talking about (as far as events are concerned, I’ll say no more) this week the dreamers are in heaven. We are taking a ride on the water; boat shows. Say what you will about indoor shows that make you think of warm weather activities, boat shows are at the top of the list. It is rare to see someone water skiing in Michigan in January; not unheard of mind you, but certainly rare. I mean just look at the silly people who every New Years Day brave frigid weather to jump into frigid water to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge. So if people will do that, people might just water ski in Michigan in January. Not me, mind you, but some other silly person(s).

So this week I recommend shows featuring boats. These shows are terrific fun and just like the RV’s we discussed a few weeks ago, if you haven’t seen the new boats lately, you haven’t seen boats. Technology has transformed the marine industry about as much as any. New GPS technology, lighter, sleeker materials used in manufacturing, Satellite Internet, onboard computer technology and the list goes on and on. Now I don’t pretend to know boating but I do know I am always amazed with what I see at boat shows these days. Try to get to one and experience the new things that the wonderful world of watercraft has to offer! As always, these events are to give you a little insight into what is going on around the U.S. this week. I hope that some of you will be able to attend one of these great shows. However, if you cannot get to them because of geographic challenges, please use the search box above to find boat shows near you.  Bon Voyage! (well it sounds better than don’t fall overboard).

C.M.T.A. Hartford Boat and Fishing Show

Jan 24, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

Connecticut Convention Center Hartford, CT US 06103

Since 1969, all makes and models of boats, up to 100 exhibitors, marine accessories and the latest electronics, fishing equipment and accessories.

West Central Nebraska RV, Boat and Sports Show

Jan 26, 2013 – Jan 28, 2013

Buffalo County Fairgrounds Kearney, NE US 68847

Since 1991. Entire building is filled with exhibitors showcasing all types of boats, RV’s, equipment and other sports related merchandise.

Pittsburgh Boat Show

Jan 24, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

Monroeville Convention Center Monroeville, PA US 15146

Since 1961. 100 exhibitors with boats, related equipment, products and services pertaining to marine activities
30,000 Attendees

Chattanooga Boat and Sport Show

Jan 24, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center Chattanooga, TN US 37401

Since 1986, show featuring 60,000 square feet of boats and booths displaying fishing tackle, marine equipment, water skies, pleasure boats, fishing boats, cruisers, personal watercraft, paddleboats, marinas, boat lifts, watersport accessories, skis, jackets, fishing equipment,inflatables, hitches, financial institutes and insurance companies.
12,000 Attendees

Oklahoma City Winter Boat Show

Jan 24, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

Fairgrounds at State Fair Park Oklahoma City, OK US 73107

Since 1959, 100 vendors of boats, boating accessories, fishing and sports equipment, special children’s area with exciting games, snacks and trout pond.

East Texas Outdoor Expo

Jan 25, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Complex Longview, TX US 75601

Since 1983, show includes the latest in boat and travel related equipment. Featuring boats of all shaps and sizes, RV’s, trailers, motorcycles, ATV’s and lots more.
10,000 Attendees

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Upstate South Carolina Boat Show

Jan 24, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

TD Convention Center Greenville, SC US 29607

Since 1971, Over 100 exhibitors displaying the latest models of boats and related vehicles, equipment and accessories.
25,000 Attendees

Jacksonville Boat Show

Jan 25, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

Prime F. Osborne III Convention Center Jacksonville, FL US 32204

Since 1948, show with 90 exhibitors with boats, products and services pertaining to boats. There will be a large variety of boats on display, from skiing, fishing, cruisers, personal watercrafts and more! The first 100 kids will receive free life jackets, and there will be fun activities for the kids all day!
15,000 Attendees

Fredericksburg Boat Show

Jan 25, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center Fredericksburg, VA US 22401

Since 2006, The Boat Show is the place to get show only specials on Power boats, fishing boats, pontoons, kayaks, canoes, personal water crafts and much more. Beat the winter blahs and get into the summer mode by visiting the show where some of the area’s largest dealers and boat related companies will be there to give you the best deal of the season. Check out the new products before you head to the water.

Birmingham Boat Show

Jan 24, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013

Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex Birmingham, AL US 35299

Since 1972, the latest in boat and sports equipment with over 250,000 square feet, the Show highlights the latest in Boats, Motors, Fishing gear, Guides, Outfitters and related outdoor gear.
40,000 Attendees

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