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57th Annual Atlanta Boat Show adjusts for Super Bowl LIII

By Pamela A. Keene
 
All eyes will be on Atlanta early next year as the city prepares for one of the sports world’s biggest events: Super Bowl LIII. While the game won’t be played until February 3, officials, sponsors, the National Football League, broadcasters and – the list goes on – are coming into Atlanta several weeks before the big game. 
 
As a result, the 2019 Atlanta Boat Show organizers are making room by moving the traditional winter event to Hall A of the GWCC and taking less space. The change was announced in January 2018 that the show would be moving for one year only from Hall C to Hall A, and many marine organizations made their reservations early, from boat dealers to major manufacturers. 
 
Set for January 10-13, the show is also being held a week earlier than usual, again to allow for pre-Super Bowl activities.  
 
This year’s show will feature nearly 700 boats, as well as information, exhibits and interactive activities for boaters, anglers and anyone interested in one of the nation’s faster-growing recreational sectors. 
 
Events and attractions include:
 
  • Career Day presented by Lanier Technical College, www.laniertech.edu, to showcase its new Hall County campus and Marine Technology Program on the show’s opening day. 
  • Touch-a-Boat Tour for youngsters who can climb aboard all kinds of boats, chat with captains and learn about life on the water. Participants will receive an Atlanta Boat Show passport to collect stamps at 10 stops. Prizes will be awarded to participants who collect all 10. 
  • Seminars, demonstrations and workshops for fishermen, sailors and boaters. A number of organizations will be represented at the show including the Atlanta Sail and Power Squadron, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Lake Lanier Association and the US Army Corps of Engineers. Marine- and boating-related services will also be represented from insurance companies to nautical destinations.

 
The Atlanta Boat Show takes place from January 10-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Hall A. Show hours are Thursday-Friday, Jan. 10-11, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 per person, ages 13 and older. Youth under age 12 are admitted free with a paying adult. Discounts are offered for tickets that are purchased online. Active, veterans and retired military, law enforcement personnel and firefighters with valid ID receive a $3 discount on admission for tickets purchased at the box office.
 
For more information visit www.AtlantaBoatShow.com.

Posted online 11/30/18
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