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Boat Show 2020 Season: Tips and Tricks

Visiting a boat show is a great way to keep up to date with the latest waterfront innovations. You’ll be able to see new products in person, chat with experts, and get an idea on what your next move on the water might be. Boat shows can be overwhelming to newcomers however. Today we are going to visit what a typical trip to a boat show will look like, so there won’t be any surprises!

Planning Before Going to a Boat Show

If you’re interested in going to a boat show, first look online to see when one will be in your area. Once you’ve decided which show you’re going to attend you need to see what the cost of admission will be. Some shows may have free admission, but most are going to charge for tickets. There may however be a promotion or giveaway going on around the local area, such as discounted tickets or radio promotions, so be sure to look out for those.

Some shows may have websites that post schedules, events, and maps that will give you an idea of what it will look like before attending. For example, in Indianapolis you can visit the Indy Boat, Sport, & Travel Show website to see all kinds of information.

Arriving at the Boat Show

When visiting a boat show, the first tip is to get a map of all the vendors and exhibits. You’ll be able to see where the vendors that might fit your needs such as new boats, accessories, docks, and more are located and head there. This will help save time if you’re on a mission, but you might want to take the chance to browse all around to see anything that might catch your eye.

One tip to remember before you arrive is to bring something to carry stuff in such as a bag or folder. You’ll be given lots of promotional material, flyers, foldables, and catalogs. You’ll also likely receive a lot of free merchandise such as pens, key chains, drink koozies, and more.

Visiting a Vendor Booth

When visiting a vendor’s booth, such as Deaton’s Waterfront Services’, look for brochures, handouts, or free merchandise to grab. If you see something that you like, ask the person representing the booth questions about the product. For example, when customers visit our booth they typically want to know what lift will be best for their boat, or more information about one of our EZ Dock products.

One thing to keep in mind while in the booth is to take time to decide what you want. A sales rep is going to try and get you to commit right there, which could lead to regret over your decision once the product doesn’t fit your exact needs. Take information home with you to read and decide what is best for you. Even if the show is ending soon, there’s usually a phone number or business card for you to be able to get in touch with the person selling the product your interested in.

Final Advice for Boat Shows

Going to a boat show can be made easy with the right tips and tricks. They are a great way to learn more about products you’re interested in. Another good thing about boat shows is being able to see the product in person. The key things to remember while at a boat show is to ask questions, get the proper informational material, and don’t make irrational decisions.

Deaton’s Waterfront Services exhibits at several boat shows across the Midwest. Keep an eye out on our events page or our Facebook to see when we’ll be in your area next. If you are interested in any of our products, or have questions regarding our upcoming boat show season feel free to give us a call at (317)747-4933 or contact us using our online form.

The 2017 Midwest Boat Shows and Event Details

Mark your calendar—this year’s boat shows are already underway! There’s no reason to only visit the event in your home-state. Each of the 5 big Midwest boat shows are worth checking out. Review the details below, and then get ready for a great year of outdoor fun.

Midwest Boat Shows for 2017

Cincinnati Boat Show

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show 2017
When: January 13-15 & 18-22
Where: Duke Energy Convention Center
Admission Cost: $12 for adults
Reduced admission when you purchase in advance online

The 2017 Cincinnati Boat Show runs for a total of 8 days that are spread across 2 weekends this January. For stress-free parking, guests can even make online reservations. Just secure your guaranteed parking spot ahead of time to park near the Convention Center.

To celebrate their 60-year anniversary, the boat show is offering FREE admission on January 13th from 5:00-9:30pm. This is one party you won’t want to miss! With over 20 different marine dealers on display, there will be plenty to see at this year’s event.

Nashville Boat Show

Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat and Sportshow 2017
When: January 19-22
Where: Music City Center
Admission Cost: $12 for adults
Free admission for active military & veterans, and ages 15 & younger

The 2017 Nashville Boat Show runs for 4 days. The best parking access can be found at the 7th Avenue and Demonbreun entrance. Once you’re in, there are plenty of new boats and booth exhibits to check out.

If you plan to stop by this event, be sure to swing by one of the educational marine seminars. These 30-minute talks are a great way to learn more about your boating equipment and get some practical maintenance tips. You can even pick up a few tricks about easy camp cooking.

Louisville Boat Show

Progressive Insurance Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow 2017
When: January 25-29
Where: Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center
Admission Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors
Free admission for active military & veterans, and ages 15 & younger

The 2017 Louisville Boat Show runs for 5 days. The Exposition Center has plenty of parking for $8, so it should be easy to find a spot.

Outdoor enthusiasts love this event because it features all the top gear for boating, fishing, and camping. In addition to the education seminars, guests will have a great time checking out this year’s featured products. There’s something here for everyone—whether you’re interested in dock equipment or the latest kayaks and watersport gear.

St. Louis Boat Show

Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow 2017
When: January 26-29
Where: America’s Center & The Dome
Admission Cost: $12 for adults
Free admission for ages 15 & younger

The 2017 St. Louis Boat Show runs for 4 days at America’s Center & The Dome. Parking lots around the facilities will be available for $10-$15/car. Discounted parking spaces and a free shuttle service are located half a mile away.

This family-friendly event has lots of fun for all ages. There’s a paddle sports pool, catch-and-release trout pond, and even a make-believe pirate ship to explore. Other featured activities include professional casting demos and fishing tips seminars.

Indianapolis Boat Show

Ford Indianapolis Boat, Sport & Travel Show 2017
When: February 17-26
Where: Indiana State Fairgrounds
Admission Cost: $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for ages 6-12
Free admission for children ages 5 & younger

As the last event of the season, attending the 2017 Indianapolis Boat Show should definitely be high on your list. There’s always lots to see and do—which is probably why the show lasts for 9 days.

The speakers list at this year’s boat show are sure to impress the crowds. Fishing experts will teach visitors about new techniques and even share some advice on using different baits. No matter your skill level, there’s bound to be something new to learn!

If you’re planning to go to the Indianapolis Boat Show this year, please be sure to reach out. Deaton’s Waterfront Services is proud to be one of the 2017 exhibitors, and we have plenty of event tickets to share! Just send us a message—we’d be happy to set you up with a free pass.