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Annual Wing-A-Thon Wing Eating Contest

Saturday at 3 pm - Space A68

Cheer on contestants as they compete in our annual wing-eating contest! The contestant with the biggest appetite for success will walk away with a 42-in. TV. Hosted by 103.2 WMGM radio. WIngs provided by Chickie & Petes.

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Boat Confident- By Annapolis School of Seamanship

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Better boating starts here! Learn new skills that will give you more confidence at the helm at seminars taught by professional captains. Whether you want to learn how to take the drama out of docking, get your captain’s license, trouble shoot engine issues, or discover which boating apps are best, there are topics for boaters of all levels. Captains will also be available to answer your questions and offer one-on-one boating advice.

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Classic & Race Boat Display

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See classic and vintage boats dating back 66 years. Boats on display include a restored 1951 wooden Chris Craft Holiday and a 1968 Steven Hydroplane powered by a L-88 427 cubic inch blower engine—one of just three such boats remaining that survived the harsh racing life.

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Discover Fishing Seminars

Presented by The Recreational Fishing Alliance & Canyon Runner Sportfishing - Space P42

Don’t let these get away! Expert anglers will share tips and tricks to help you improve your catch. Sessions cover a variety of fishing topics—from proper rigging for big game fishing to offshore angling to how to land a trophy striper.

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Eric Stone—Live Music

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Enjoy the island-inspired music of Eric Stone. Eric will perform life daily, playing his unique blend of rock, pop, and country music inspired by the tropics and his live of the water.

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself. 

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Fun Photo Ops

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Have fun with your friends and family by taking a picture with this year’s Big Catch or Snap a Boatie and take a photo behind an authentic tall ship wheel.

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Kids' Cove

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Balloon Art

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Balloon artists will twist, bend, and shape balloons into animals, headwear and other fun shapes sure to put a smile on your little one’s face

 

Create-A-Boat—Kids’ Toy Boat Building

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If they can imagine it, they can build it! Little skippers can create one-of-a kind nautical masterpieces to take home as a show souvenir.

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Kids’ Boating

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Boatloads of fun on the water—just for kids! Young mariners can splash around a mini lake in a paddleboat.

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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

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Feed your need for speed! The world champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. catamaran made of carbon/Kevlar. Propelled by piston powered engines generating 1800 horsepower per side, the offshore racing boat currently has a top speed of 180 mph!

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NEW! Step On & Go—Stand Up Pedal Board Demos & Test Rides

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Experience the world’s first stand up pedal board—the new Hobie Mirage Eclipse. Powered by Hobie’s MirageDrive pedal system, riding the Mirage Eclipse is as easy as walking—you just step on and go. It’s the hottest item to hit the water in years and you can see it in action at this year’s show thanks to Fin-atics Marine Supply of Ocean City, NJ.

Watch Fin-atics expert staff demonstrate the Eclipse or take one out for a spin to try it yourself! On-water test rides will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Open to guests age 10 years or older.

Demo Hours:

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: Noon till 7pm

Saturday: 11am till 7pm

Sunday: 11am till 5pm

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Sand Art

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Watch as professional sand sculptor John Gowdy transforms a pile of sand into an amazing work of art.

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Super Thursday Special

One-day Only Deals! Giveaways! Food & Drink Specials! Admission & Parking Discounts!

Join us on Thursday, March 2 for the show’s best deals! Take advantage of one-day only specials on a wide variety of boats and products. PLUS, enjoy discounted admission after 5pm, reduced parking fees, food and drink specials, and giveaways throughout the day.

The Captain’s Table Gala will also be held on Thursday evening. Now in its fourth year, this fundraiser benefits the Community Foodbank of New Jersey and Let Us Eat, Please and has grown into a can’t miss event.

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United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer (BSVT)

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Take the helm and set out on a simulated ”boat trip” to practice boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more. The United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer is equipped with a steering wheel and real Mercury throttle to give you hands-on experience as you pilot your virtual boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a marina.

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Wake Zone—Towed Water Sports Seminars

Get on board with top pro April Coble Eller -Space C71

If you like to make waves, this is the series for you! Learn about water sports such as wakeboarding, and water skiing from professional, world water ski team champion April Coble Eller. You can also check out boats designed to deliver on-the-water thrills—Models from several manufacturers will be on display.

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