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Kansas City Boat and Sports Show kicks off Thursday, runs through Sunday

Posted: 6:19 AM, Jan 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-10 14:14:16Z
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Outdoor enthusiasts can get a jump start summer plans to hit the water this weekend. The Kansas City Boat and Sports Show begins Thursday and runs through Sunday at Bartle Hall.

This year, the event is going high tech with a virtual reality boating simulator. The simulator is part of the Progressive Boat Club which also features educational seminars and a remote-control pond. This section of the show is in partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship.

On Saturday, attendees can save $2 on admission if they wear a Chiefs shirt or jersey. Show organizers said they plan to project the game on a wall inside Bartle Hall.

In its 65th year, organizers said this is the longest-running and largest outdoor event in Kansas City. Aside from boats, the show features marine, fishing and hunting accessories. Expect to see about 300 boats and 150 exhibitors.

Professional fishermen will lead seminars and demonstrations using a 5,000-gallon tank called Hawg Trough. Children can sharpen their fishing skills at the Willow Creek Trout Pond.

The ever-popular athletic dogs will return for a DockDogs competition. The canines compete for long-distance style jumps into the water.

Food trucks will be on site. Tickets are $12 for anyone 13 years old and older.

Show hours:

  • Thursday, Jan, 10, 2 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan,11, noon - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.