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By February 25, 2020 No Comments




The 4th annual Akron Boat & Water Sports Show will open Friday in the John S. Knight Center featuring a wide variety of boats and water sports equipment displayed by major northern Ohio dealers along with an increased slate of daily seminars.

“The boats on display will cover the scope of popular summer activities like water skiing, wakeboarding and wakesurfing,” says Michelle Burke, show manager. “We’ll also feature a large selection of conventional family runabouts and an increased emphasis this year on fishing models which includes the growing popularity of kayak fishing.”



Another major part of the show is the variety of pontoon boats on them market these days. Pontoons have been among the boating industry’s top sellers and are particularly popular for boating on northeast Ohio’s abundant inland lakes and waterways. 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.

Paddleboards and kayaks will also take center stage. Like pontoons, kayaks are no longer old-style anymore. Moreover, there’s a growing crowd of fishermen buying the newest kayaks designed and equipped specially for angling. There will be kayak fishing pros on hand to talk about kayak fishing in the special Sun Valley exhibit.

Taking the lead from last year’s survey of attendees, more daily fishing and boating seminars have been added. For anglers, there will be presentations on Bass by FLW pro Shane Montgomery; Walleye and Saugeye techniques by Mike Defibaugh; and special appearances by tournament pros Lori Povisil and Beth Mills better known as “Two Chicks in a Boat!”

There will also be Kids Fishing Fun seminars by Buckeye Sportsman radio personality Dan Armitage at the giant 5000-gallon Bass Tub Aquarium, as well as a variety of general boating seminars with Sam Insalaco from America’s Boating Club on topics from understanding weather forecasts to using today’s top boating apps. And, for the kids, there will be a new Kids Zone created by popular artist Bailey VanKirk boasting hands-on activities plus face painters, balloon artists and more.


“We hold this show at this time because it’s an ideal for dealers to introduce their latest models before the start of the boating season now just around the corner,” says Burke. “Dealers will offer special incentives and discounts on boats, extended manufacturer warranties on outboards, and emphasize the need to order new models now to be assured of delivery by the time the boating season opens,” Burke adds

Show visitors will find a summer atmosphere on the show floor, augmented by daily live music and special foods and beverages. Unique to this show, parking is free after 6pm Friday evening and all-day Saturday and Sunday at several City Garages adjacent to the Knight Center.

Show hours: Opening Friday (2/28) 12 Noon to 9:00 pm; Saturday (2/29) 10:00 am to 9:00 pm; Sunday (3/1) 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission: $10.00 Adults; Children 12 & under Free. Seniors 65+ $8.00 at door.

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Contact: : Michelle Burke 216-244-4875