Things to do at the show

New features and attractions for 2021 coming soon! 2020 highlights shown below.
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Super Thursday Special

Join us on Thursday, January 23, for the show’s best deals! Take advantage of one-day only specials on a wide variety of boats and products. PLUS, enjoy other specials and giveaways throughout the day.

CLICK HERE TO SEE SUPER THURSDAY DEALS!

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Go Fishing Friday

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Find all things fishing on Friday at the show.  Enjoy a fish fry, sharpen your angling skills at one of the Discover Fishing seminars, or enter the Friday Fish Fighting Tournament.  Think you have what it takes to land the winning fish?!  Stop by the virtual fishing simulator with your friends and battle to earn the best score for giveaways—or to win the grand prize—a fishing charter!  

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Virtual Fishing Simulator

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Feel the strike! Watch the rod bend! Experience the pull as your fish runs for the bottom! This interactive fishing simulator is as "reel" as it gets without getting your line wet. Will you land your trophy fish? Or just tell the tale of how it got away? Stand shoulder-to-shoulder and enjoy a friendly competition with your fishing partner to see who can land the big one

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Discover Boating Experience—The Hub for Boaters

Education and inspiration for your boating lifestyle. Offering hands-on learning, dynamic demos, interactive activities and entertaining speakers, the Discover Boating Experience (DBX) is staffed by a crew of experts who are eager to share their nautical knowledge with you. Enjoy short, powerful talks that will inspire your on-water and outdoor adventures at the main stage, and visit the Hub stations to take part in workshops, get one-on-one advice, see what’s new and more. Stations include:

  • Discover Boating—Learn which boat is right for you
  • Boat Care—Keep your boat in ship-shape
  • Conservation— Learn about National Marine Sanctuaries around the US
  • Product Innovation—Discover the latest in gear & technology
  • Main Stage: Hear from leading boating and outdoor enthusiasts

DBX offers a seating lounge where you can relax with a drink, find inspiration for your on-water adventures.
 

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Military/First Responder Day

Friday, January 24

Friday is the day we would like to show our gratitude for our military and first responders.  To show our appreciation we will be offering a $2 discount to all active/veteran military and active/retired first responders.  To receive this discount show your military/first responder identification card when purchasing a ticket at the show’s box office.

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NEW THIS YEAR!  Tackle & Fishing Store

Guests will be able to watch demonstrations and receive hands-on tutorials focused on trolling, light tackle, and live bait fishing. The station will also teach conservation techniques and cover the general ecology of the Chesapeake Bay region, relating to fishing.

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10th Annual Crab Pickin’ Contest

Friday 5PM - Near the main entrance

In true Maryland style, contestants will "pick" for great prizes from Conrad’s Seafood Restaurant and more at the show's Crab Pickin' Contest. Contestants can sign up in the show office.

Grand Prize: 55inch 4K Ultra High Definition Fire TV Edition!

Previous two year (2018-2019) winners are not eligible to enter the contest in 2020.

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Touch-A-Boat Tour for Kids

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The Touch-a-Boat Tour features a variety of recreational boats throughout the Show floor. Kids of all ages can climb aboard, snap a pic at the helm and learn the ropes of life on the high seas. At tour completion, they will win a prize.

 

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Kids' Build-A-Boat—Toy Boat Building

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

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Boating Skills Virtual Trainer—Test Your Boating Skills

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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 America’s Boating Club 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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Miss GEICO Offshore Racing Boat

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Powered by 3,300-hp 1650 RACE Mercury Racing sterndrive engines, the world-champion Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran that can reach speeds in excess of 200 mph!

 

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Progressive® Insurance Booth

Come visit the Progressive booth for education and inspiration to help you get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also:

  • Boost your boating IQ with an entertaining curriculum of hands-on boating courses
  • Spin the Progressive compass for your chance to win a branded takeaway item
  • Get answers to boating questions and chat with Progressive Insurance experts about boat coverage

Children younger than age 13 can participate in the virtual reality activation with parent's onsite permission.

SEMINAR TOPICS:

  • Ask a Captain
  • Boating Apps & Tablets
  • Docking De-Stressed
  • 10 Steps to Being a Good Gilligan
  • Get Your Captains License
  • Gateway to Boating
  • Trailering (Hooking Up)
  • Maintenance 101

Hands-On Interactive:

  • Electronics 101 (SS Neversail)
  • Docking Pool
  • Line Handling
  • Trivia