Organizers of the Lewisporte Marine Show, which opens Friday at Lewisporte Stadium in Newfoundland and runs till May 15, are anticipating an attendance of 1,500 to 2,000 visitors.
Now in its second year, the show is owned and organized by the Town of Lewisporte. Derek Bennett, Show Manager, says all of the show's exhibit space is sold, and the event will feature 25 exhibitors. “There were a few more organizations that expressed an interest in exhibiting, but we just couldn't accommodate them,” he says. “Recreational boating has become quite popular in Newfoundland, particularly in our region of Notre Dame Bay and Lewisporte. “We have a marina with approximately 180 berths in Lewisporte and our show provides exhibitors a good opportunity to display their product to a boating market.”
After last year's inaugural show, Bennett says that effort was made to present a greater variety of products for boaters. “In addition to imported vessels, our show includes a number of Newfoundland-built boats, both aluminum and fibreglass,” describes Bennett. “We'll also have variety of products that cater to all marine needs including navigation equipment, boat engines and clothing.”
Show organizers market the event primarily to Newfoundland residents by utilizing display posters, flyers and print advertisements in magazines and newspapers, as well as spots on TV and radio. “We cover pretty much all forms of media,” adds Bennett.
Thruway's Family Recreation Superstore in Grand Falls Windsor, NL, a dealer for Bayliner, Trophy and Crestliner boats as well as Honda and Mercury engines, is one exhibitor that will be returning to the show this year. Owner, Scott Kenny, says he did very well at the show last year, making numerous boat sales. “Lewisporte is a boating area and we did very well at the boat show last year,” says Kenny. “We'll be bringing six boats to our booth space this year, four Bayliners and two Trophys and we'll also have three boats at the marina to take potential customers for an on-water demo.”
While Bennett is pleased with how the show has performed so far, plans to enhance the show further are in the works. “Some new things we'll be incorporating into the show next year include training sessions for both the industry and consumers.”
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