(Jan. 25, 2013) The Ocean City/Berlin Optimist Club will present the 30th edition of its annual Seaside Boat Show, dubbed the “boat show that works for kids,” Feb. 15-17, at the Ocean City convention center.
This three-day show traditionally draws thousands of water and boating enthusiasts.
Held during Presidents Day weekend, the show provides the Optimist Club an opportunity to raise funds for programs that support local youth. The local affiliate of Optimist International has more than 120 members and is recognized as one of the best clubs in Optimist International.
The Boat Show will feature more than 350 boats, 150 exhibitors and 50 boat dealers. The dealers and exhibitors will offer numerous special show prices. They will display their newest and most popular models and water-related items. A number of boats sold during the show each year.
Visitors will be treated to an array of sport cruisers, sport fishing, performance and “super boats.” Show exhibitors will offer marine electronics, trailers, canvas tops, motors, jewelry and fishing gear. The show will also provide financing and insurance for boaters and water enthusiasts.
Again this year, visitors will have a chance to win a boat donated by North Bay Marine owners, Scott and Mary McCurdy. Each person who purchases a show admission will be entered to win.
The Optimists also sponsor a scholarship lottery with $100,000 in prizes. Approximately $1,500,000 in scholarships has been awarded to more than 280 students in the past 24 years. The lottery drawing will be held at 5 p.m. on the last day of the Boat Show. Chances cost $100 and can be purchased at the show.
Show times are Friday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 17, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission costs $9 for adults and $1 for kids. A weekend pass is available for $15.