While reading the huge response to yesterdays story on Classic Boat Shows, we here at Woody Boater had another observation. Your local classic boat show is not just a classic boat show anymore. It’s economic development. Thats right. When you host a boat show, you my fellow sweating volunteers are boosting the local economy and tourism. We need to stop looking at these shows as some sort of event that just we woody boaters benefit from. I read some comments that talked about dock charges and city regulations.. Heres the deal. Tell the city to go to hell if they are not going to support us! Screw them.. The amount of work you do, to get a show going, should be rewarded by the city town or marina that hosts the event. Why is it that the folks that do all the work, including the folks bringing their boats, pay for the privilege to help the local business, and grow interest in the areas specialties. Now, I know I am taking an extreme POV here.. mainly to make a point. I know many chapters do this to grow revenue for their chapter. But, when I hear of other areas charging what they do. I say, thanks but no thanks. Just think.. You are a local town, and you would love to see new folks come to your town.. mmmm possibly a demographic of folks that have money and care about history and folks that contribute to things.. mmmmm I wonder where that sort of group of lets say 500 folks on a weekend would come from? This is not a hard conversation to have. I have to bring up Tahoe, Algonac and Lake Mohawk again.. They all get it. Herb Hall At Sierra Boat Co. is an amazing host, Pete Beauregard in Algonac is a saint, and Seth from Katz’s Marina is an amazing asset to not just his local community, but the entire classic boat community. Look around at these shows, the restaurants are full, hotels are booked, and folks in the area are reminded of the wonderful history of there water front. Folks also show up and look around with the idea of staying there. Real Estate benefits, even the local gas stations do well. Never has the example of this been more clear, than the case of Mt Dora and Tavares Florida. We all loved Mt Dora and its history and tradition.. The problem, Mt Dora did not really like us. At least that was my impression. It was clear near the end, that they were tired of the crowd. So, the Sunnyland chapter moved the show to Tavares, and the other end of the lake. WOW! What a smart move. Taveres gets it. They get it big time to the point that there is something going on at that lake almost every weekend. Races, air shows.. etc. They are developing the area on the lake for crowds, and embracing it. To say the local Economic development guy is a genus, is an understatement. They have even restored an old train system to connect Mt Dora and Tavres together. It’s a slam dunk simple solution that is working.. Anyone out there feel un welcome in Taveres? NO! And it shows every spring. We come there from all over the US, and guess what, stay for a week, not a quickie on Friday. Our cost is an average of 4K for the week vs $1,500 for any other show.. So next time you get push back or little support from the location you want to host your show. MOVE! Try another more willing place. We will all find you and embrace your smart move!
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