There is a little splash of everything for the boat and water enthusiast at the 34th annual Michigan City In-Water Boat Show.
The event takes place today through Sunday in Washington Park.
“There are a lot of things going on here,” said Ken Alvey, show director and president of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association. “Part of the draw of a boat show is that you bring people together that have similar tastes. We all like socializing with people of like interests. It breaks all barriers. Everyone has boating stories and we all love to share them.”
The central proximity to the boating industry and the area’s reputation as a boating destination makes this a choice spot for the show.
“This is really a highlight for the Northwest Indiana community,” said Alvey, whose group produces of the show. “The show brings economic benefits and publicity to the area, especially within a 60- to 100-mile radius of Michigan City.
“In general, the economic impact of sport fishing and boating is huge around here. It supports a lot of families and creates a lot of opportunities. Those that don’t realize their proximity to the water and to the enjoyment and development of the lifestyle are missing out. We are here to expose and help people learn more about it.”
LEMTA puts on five boat shows a year and also represents the marine industry, protecting boating interests and water resources throughout the Great Lakes.
Just about anything that has to do with boating will be on deck at this year’s show. New and pre-owned boats of all sizes will be accessible.
“There are two things that happen at these shows concerning boats,” Alvey said. “One is that you will get to see several 2014 models. The second thing is that some dealers are closing out their 2013 models. There are some brokerage boats, too. So, the opportunity for real good deals can be had at this show.”
In addition to the boats, boating equipment and boat services, there will be plenty of entertainment, including The Swampmaster’s Gator Show.
“The alligator handler, Jeff Quattrocchi, who puts on the Gator Show is phenomenal,” Alvey said. “He is truly an educational professional that trains and shows how dangerous alligators can be. He has some scars to prove it. When he is working with the alligators and talking to the audience, you are entertained and learn an awful lot.”