Two boat shows begin Thursday in KC metro

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The 60th Annual Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow will take over Bartle Hall Jan. 23-26, featuring hundreds of boats, fishing displays, educational exhibits and even a dog diving competition.

Thousands of people are expected to come from all over the Midwest as a chance to escape the winter and dive into summer for a few days.

Some of the hits at this year's show include the Texas Bass Tank, a 12-foot tall, 40-foot long, 5,000 gallon aquarium, stocked with native fish where experts will do fishing cast demonstrations.

There will also be a Dock Dog competition featuring dozens of dogs, in which anyone is invited to bring their dog from home and enter the competition for $30.

Chef Quinton Phelps will show people how to cook Asian Carp, which are taking over Missouri and Kansas waterways, in a cooking demonstration from the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Fred's Shed will have an exhibit showing how to fix your boat without spending thousands of dollars through a repair shop.

Of course, the main feature is the boat sales. While a wide range of boats will be featured at the event, the most expensive is a $875,000 45-foot yacht.

Show Manager Mark Adams says they time the Kansas City Boat show at a time when everyone is suffering from spring fever.

The show is taking place at Bartle Hall, 301 W 13th St.

Show hours:

Jan. 23: 2-9 p.m.

Jan. 24: noon to 9 p.m.

Jan. 25: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Jan. 26: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission to Kansas City's boat show is $10. Children 15 and under can get in for free.

The Overland Park Boat show is also taking place this weekend at the Overland Park Convention Center. That show runs Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to  p.m.

Admission to Overland Park's boat show is $9 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and children 5 and under can get in free.

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