The three-day 29th Annual Boat and Sports Show opens tonight at Centennial Hall with new vendors and plenty of boats, some barely squeezed through the doors into the Sheffield Ball Room.
Dan Dawson, show organizer, said Pan Handle Boats will display C-Dorys, a boat with a hull designed to handle Southeast Alaska waters, at the show this year, and Mendenhall Honda would have a new line of all-terrain vehicles that could be loaded into a personal landing craft for hunting on Admiralty Island next fall.
The boat show is sponsored by the Glacier Valley Rotary Club.
The event is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Glacier Valley Rotary Club. Dawson said money goes to support Rotary Park in the Mendenhall Valley. The revenue also provides holiday help to local families and supports a scholarship program.
"There are lots of prizes this year - door prizes every 15 minutes," Dawson said.
According to Dawson, Saturday is the big day at the show, with seminars on downriggers, small boat safety and a lecture on weather from Joel Curtis of the National Weather Service.
Dawson said the boat show lecture series is growing, with more educational and safety seminars, along with financing and sales information.
"We try to design the show for people to get education, financing and equipment in one place," he said.