MARQUETTE - The 19th annual Boat, Sport and RV Show is set for its regular three-day run at the Superior Dome this weekend.
The show will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for children less than 6 years old, $2.75 for children 6-12 and seniors 65 or older, and $3.75 for everyone else.
Dave Kimar, product promoter for Northern Michigan Shows - which hosts the event - said he expects between 7,000 to 10,000 people to attend the event.
Shoppers look over the wide variety of outdoor sports equipment on display at last year’s Boat, Sport and RV?Show at the Superior Dome in Marquette. This year’s show is set for Friday through Sunday at the dome. (Journal file photo)
A total of 60 vendors from across the state as well as Canada will have exhibits at the show, providing an abundance of outdoor gear for people of all sporting interests.
Kimar said he hopes the unseasonably warm temperatures lure more people into the dome who may be thinking early about upgrading their spring and summer recreation equipment.
"Hopefully, this warm stretch has got people thinking about biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, all the outdoor sports," he said.
With 101,000 square feet full of outdoor products, Kimar said people will be able to peruse many different vendors, with the chance to compare different brands and prices all in the same place.
"The nice thing you can do there is, there will be several different vendors so you can compare brands and prices," Kimar said. "They can comparison shop in the same location all in one day. It makes it much easier. If you wanted to ride around and see all those dealers, it would take quite a while."
All sorts of activities will take place during the show, many of them geared toward young children who may not glean as much enjoyment out of checking the specs on the latest road bike models as their parents.
"For the kids, we have the trout pond," Kimar said. "They can fish for rainbow trout in a fishing pond that we erect and fill. The kids get a big kick out of that and it's fun to watch them. You see a young girl or boy catch a fish, they get pretty excited sometimes. It's a good experience for some of them."
In past years, Kimar said hot items at the show have included bicycles, pontoon boats and fishing boats.
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.