Boating & Outdoor Festival Bigger and Better in 2011

Sep 19, 2011, 08:10 ET from Michigan Boating Industries Association

LIVONIA, Mich., Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More exhibitors, more boats, more products and more attractions make the 2nd annual Boating & Outdoor Festival, Sept. 22-25 at Metro Beach Metropark, bigger, better and more fun!

"The positive experience MBIA created last year, has encouraged past exhibitors to sign up earlier and new exhibitors to join the successful event," said Neil Williams, director of exhibit sales for the Michigan Boating Industries Association, "Many exhibitors have increased their footprint and are bringing in more products." For an Exhibitor listing, visit

More boats and products will be represented with this increase in sales. More than 100 exhibitors and more than 350 boats on-land and in-water will be displayed and for sale. There are nearly 1 million registered boaters in Michigan, a $3.9 billion industry – the Festival is in the heart of a powerful boating market.

Bringing in a diversity of products and services available to consumers, other displays include ATVs, snowmobiles and more outdoor recreation exhibits. BRP will host their "Ultimate Playground," a demo riding experience, at Metro Beach surrounding the Festival. Pre-registration is required. Visit for a link to register to demo the ATV off-road area, Spyder driving course, or Sea Doo personal watercraft dock in Lake St. Clair.

The Boating & Outdoor Festival is much more than a boat show, with featured performances by Duma the waterskiing dog, appearances by Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer and many more promotions and contests. Specialty sections have been added, including Waterfront Living, Fishing Village and Art Walk.

"Families can come spend the day, this Festival is full of fun for all ages," said John Ropp, show manager.

The Festival will also feature a large Tiki Bar with live music playing the duration of the show featuring Jimmy Buffet-style, country and rock music. Three Harrison Township local restaurants, along with the Metropark's Advantage foods will provide a delicious food court for attendees.

Sponsors for the Festival include BRP, Jack Links Jerky Tour, Don Gooley Cadillac, Fishbone's Restaurant, Labatt Beer, Macomb Daily, RAM and St. John Medical of Harrison Twp.

The Boating & Outdoor Recreation Festival is produced by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA). The Festival, located at Metro Beach Metropark, will be held September 22-25. Hours: Thurs., Fri.: Noon – 8 p.m., Sat.: 11 a.m.8 p.m. and Sun.: 11 a.m.6 p.m. For more information, current promotions and contest information, visit  Admission: $9 for adults, children 12 and under free with an adult. Discount tickets available on  Parking is $5 daily or free with a Metroparks annual pass. General park information can be found at or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS. 

MBIA is a non-profit Association dedicated to the advancement, protection and promotion of the recreational boating industry in Michigan, representing nearly 300 marine businesses. The boating industry in Michigan represents a $3.9 billion industry, with more than 758 marinas, 460 marine dealers and more than 51,000 jobs. For more information go to

SOURCE Michigan Boating Industries Association