Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show – Attendance Down

The 3rd Annual Nova Scotia In-Water Boat Show, at Bishop's Landing, Halifax, NS July 31 to August 2, reported a lower attendance of 300 paid visitors this year.

Organized by the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association (NSBA), this year's show featured 22 in-water exhibitors and a dozen 10- by 10-foot booths. There were 16 boats in the water and six on display on land, including vessels ranging from 10 to 56 feet in length.

“We were surprised that the local traffic was down, which we believe was because that was the first warm holiday weekend as of late,” said Tim Edwards, executive director of the NSBA. “However, before the builders left the show on Monday, the exhibitors with bigger boats did not leave disappointed. They were happy to have quality visitors rather than crowds of non-boaters. Those who came to the show knew what they were coming for.”

This is the first year the NSBA has organized the show independent from the Mahone Bay Classic Boat Festival, which it was held in conjunction with during its first two years.

According to Edwards, the NSBA will consider holding next year's show earlier in July so that it doesn't coincide with the long weekend.