News Release

Akron Boat & Water Sports Show


The 3rd annual Akron Boat & Water Sports Show will cruise into the John S. Knight Center for 3 days, March 1 to 3.

“What makes this show good is that we’re featuring new models particularly well suited to the variety of Ohio inland lakes and rivers instead of Lake Erie,” explains show manager Michelle Burke. “The show will feature a wide variety of boats ranging from special designs for popular activities like water skiing, wakeboarding and wake surfing to conventional family runabouts and an increased emphasis on fishing models.”

A major part of the show is a wide variety of pontoon boats, which are the boating industry’s top sellers these days, and especially popular in northeast Ohio. Today’s sophisticated pontoons and tritoons boast powerful outboards and are capable of pulling skiers and tubers. They can also feature comforts like plush seating, granite-topped bars, mood lights and much more. They just not your father’s pontoons!

Personal watercraft, paddleboards and kayaks will also take center stage. Like pontoons, kayaks are old style anymore. There’s a growing crowd of fishermen relying on the new kayaks designed and equipped specially for angling. And, there will be daily kayak fishing seminars presented in the Sun Valley exhibit.

“We’re holding this show in March because it’s an ideal time for dealers to introduce their latest models before the boating season that’s now just around the corner,” says Burke. “Dealers will offer special incentives and discounts on boats, especially in-stock models that must be ordered and may not come in from boat builders before the boating season get underway. It’s important information for those planning to buy a new boat,” Burke adds.

There will also be exhibits of accessories and water sports equipment including the latest in wakeboards, tubes and towable, and wake surfing boards, and more. There will be fishing tips and seminars from atop the Bass Tub, a 5000-gallon aquarium as well as continuous fishing presentation of the Fisherman’s Central Fishing Stage.

Show visitors will find a summer atmosphere on the show floor, augmented by live music and special foods and beverages. There’s convenient free parking in the Knight Center garage on Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Show hours will be: Opening Friday (3/1) 12 Noon to 9:00 pm; Saturday (3/2) 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday (3/3) 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Admission: $8.00 Adults; Children 12 & under Free.

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