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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.

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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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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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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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10th Annual Crab Pickin’ Contest

Friday 6PM Food Court Area

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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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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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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Junior Captain’s Program

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Interactive boating education for kids ages 11–15.  A great way to introduce youngsters to the fun of boating.

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Progressive® Insurance Boat Club

Boost your boating IQ!

Come visit the Progressive Boat Club! Progressive provides education and inspiration in partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship so you can get the most of your boating lifestyle! Stop by to master your docking technique at our docking pool or take a spin at a Virtual Reality boating experience. You can also chat with a Progressive Insurance expert to ask any questions about boating coverages or get a free quote!

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

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Military/First Responder Day

Thursday, January 23

Thursday 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.