Why Go to the Boat Show

Why Go to the Progressive® Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow

By Becca Doyle, Progressive Kansas City Boat & Sportshow Manager

You’ve seen the billboards and ads across town and on your phone. You may have even caught yourself singing along with the “Come on down to the BOAT SHOW!” jingle watching SportsCenter. 

But you just still haven’t decided to join us at the Progressive Kansas City Boat & Sportshow, January 9–12, 2020. Well, here’s a quick summary of why you should “Come on down to the boat show…”

Check out amazing boats

If you love getting on the water, a boat show is just heaven. There are so many boat types and brands displayed all in one place. We’re talking totally outfitted bass boats, family-friendly pontoons, even stand-up paddleboards. It’s fun to see all the cool innovations and eye-popping designs, all under one roof. Here’s the list of all the boat brands you can see at the show.

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Shop for a boat

Unlike auto and most powersports shows, you can actually buy boats right at the event. Our show is particularly great if you’re in the market for a new boat because you can shop several dealers and several boat types/brands in one place. Plus, boat and engine manufacturers often offer incentives in order to book sales well before the high season.

Learn stuff

Kansas City Boat & Sportshow offers lots of opportunities to become a better boater and angler. You’ll find just about everything to up your game, like casting and paddling classes, Virtual Reality set-ups to improve your boat handling skills, and Q&A with experts on maintenance at Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center. Click for a schedule of educational offerings.

Get accessorized

Boat shows are also great places to find the latest gear to upgrade your current watercraft. Dozens of vendors offer accessories or lifestyle items to enhance your time on the water: personal flotation devices, navigation electronics, tow sports gear like wakeboards, lighting, fishing tackle and more. If it’s for your boat, someone’s likely selling it. Browse all vendors here.

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Among all the boats and boat stuff are some great resorts and outfitters ready to take you on the best trip of your life, say a Canadian fly-in fishing trip or a Colorado hunting adventure.

It gets the kids out of the house!

At this time of year, we all want to get out of the house with family, so we make the boat show a great time for kids. Kids love exploring all the different kinds of boats, of course (be sure to keep them close to keep them safe). But you’ll find tons of other kids activities, such as virtual reality, the new paddle sports pool, and even actual trout fishing!

Cure your Winter Blues!

Finally, the Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat & Sportshow is a great event for getting together with your boating friends now that the hectic holidays are over. You can meet at the show after work, grab a drink and something to eat from the Food Truck Mafia and relive some great stories from last summer, or plan this season’s outings. Especially check out the “$5 after 5” event on Thursday Jan. 9, and the Boats & Brews event Friday with craft beer samples.
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We hope to see you at the show! Buy your ticket here.