Weekend Will Have A Wave Of Action At Boat Show

Jacksonville Florida Times-Union

Weekend Will Have A Wave Of Action At Boat Show

After the boat drop Tuesday, the St. Johns River Taxi passes close to the site where the USS Adams would be moored.

The 20th annual Southeast US Boat Show officially kicked off Friday with hundreds of boats on display and for sale at Metropolitan Park and Marina.

This year marks the first time the show teamed up with Jacksonville’s USS Adams Museum for a pre-show fundraiser. On Tuesday, the ‘‘Race to the Boat Show’’ event launched 1,600 toy rubber boats into the St. Johns River at the Main Street Bridge.

Each boat represented a $10 donation to support the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association’s proposed naval warship museum, which is working to display the guided missile ship USS Charles Adams in downtown Jacksonville.

The boats raced near The Jacksonville Landing for a chance to win an assortment of prizes, including the grand prize of a free one-year membership to Freedom Boat Club. The grand-prize winner will be announced Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Oyster Jam Field in Metropolitan Park.

Joe Snowberger, the commodore and CEO of the USS Adams Museum, said Tuesday the organization is grateful to the many local businesses that sponsored prizes for the event, and “of course, the Southeast US Boat Show for making this possible.”

The fun continues this weekend at boat show and festival. Boat lovers will enjoy one of the largest assortments of watercrafts on land and in the water in the Southeast. The show is also home to a variety of events, including mini seminars, a Florida lifestyle vendor area and live entertainment.

The oyster jam showcases 15 local bands, including some of the hottest names in Jacksonville’s music scene. Attendees can enjoy happy hour specials Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon, and sign up for stand-up paddle board yoga and fitness on Saturday, or show off a famous oyster recipe at the oyster cook-off on Sunday.

Jimmy Hill, show founder and owner of Current Productions in Atlantic Beach, said the experience of the whole show is what makes it stand out from other events in Jacksonville. See more at www.canadian-casinos.org

“We want people to be comfortable. We go out of our way to make sure there’s seating, and we provide everything you can think of to make your day enjoyable.”

For tickets and additional information, visit southeastusboatshow.com.

Jacqueline Persandi: (904) 359-4306

Weekend Will Have A Wave Of Action At Boat Show

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