John Godwin, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty will be a special guest at this year's show. John will meet and greet fans on Sunday, January 19, from 11am to 3pm.
Your one-stop resource for boating information and advice. Get started in boating or learn how to make the most of your time on the water.
Presented by Discover Boating and The Annapolis School of Seamanship
Think owning a boat is out of your reach? Think again! When it comes to enjoyable ways to spend your leisure time, boating is far more affordable than you may realize. Be sure to stop by and check out this special showcase of boats you can finance for less than $250 per month.
When you compare the costs of boating to a single day at an amusement park or a trip to any major league game, you'll find that dollar for dollar, boating is really quite affordable. See for yourself how boating can stretch your vacation and leisure time budget:
Watch why this Chicago Family shops the show!
Watch, learn and do! If you're a do-it-yourselfer or boat owner interested in learning new techniques for taking care of your boat or motor, head to Fred's Shed for practical, professional advice. Free daily sessions cover a variety of topics.
Don't miss leading RV expert and author of "The RV Handbook" David Solberg as he presents entertaining and informative programs designed for the RV enthusiast.
Learn more about Dave at rv-seminars.com
You won't want to miss PaddleFest at this year's show! Get a first look at the latest in paddlesports gear and watercraft. Industry experts and manufacturers will be on hand to demonstrate their new offerings—everything from from fishing, recreational and whitewater kayaks to stand up paddleboards.
Begin your voyage into the exciting world of scuba diving right in McCormick Place! During the past 7 years tens of thousands of people have been introduced to scuba diving at a DEMA "Be a Diver Pool". Now it's your turn! Anyone age 10 and older can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of a tropically warm pool. Not only can you try scuba diving for free, but you can also test some of the latest scuba equipment and have a photo of yourself taken underwater as a keepsake of your "diving adventure."
Wet suits will be provided. Please bring a swimsuit and towel.
ARGH! Dare to climb aboard to join Captain Tim and his crew of pirate scallywags for a "high seas adventure"—sing pirate sea shanties, skirmish with swords and even fire a canon. Plan to take a few shots as well— everyone will be able to take photos in front of the Gypsy Rose III as a souvenir of their pirate adventure
The newest craze in water walking sports -- Rollers!!! Act like a crazy hamster or try log rolling tricks! Its great fun and best of all you can go with a friend. Mom and Dad, bring your video cameras, the photo ops are fantastic!
The six-time World Champion Miss GEICO Racing Team is proud to introduce the newest and latest Miss GEICO offshore racing boat.
The new Miss GEICO is a 50-ft. Victory catamaran made of carbon/kevlar. Weighing approximately 11,000 pounds, she is almost 1,500 pounds lighter than her predecessor and is equal in length. She has a 12-ft. beam, which is 6-ft. wider than the former boat; the extra width will allow
her to ride smoother at faster rates of speed. Powered by 1075 Mercury racing engines, she currently has a top
speed of 170mph.
FREE fishing for children 12 and younger. There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release trout pond, stocked with frisky trout is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Adding to the fun—great prizes for any lucky little angler who catches a specially tagged trout. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one"!
Meet Bikini Bottoms' favorite resident! SpongeBob SquarePants is making a special appearance at the show. He'll be on hand to greet his fans and pose for pictures Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19 from Noon–4pm.
Be sure to bring your camera!