Tulsa Boat Sport & Travel Show a Boat Load of Fun

POPULAR EVENT: The 49th annual Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show will be held at Expo Square January 31 through February 6. Other than the Tulsa State Fair, it is the largest event held at Expo Square. The Tulsa Show ranks among the top shows of its type in the country.

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It’s time for family and fun at the 2005 Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show. The 49th annual Show, presented by Mercury Mercruiser, will be held at the Expo and Exchange Centers on the Tulsa Fairgrounds, Jan. 31–Feb. 6. Show hours are Tuesday through Thursday, noon to 9 p.m.; Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission price is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages six through 15. Children five and under are admitted free. Monday is VIP night, when attendees can preview the Show while sampling Tulsa’s best food courtesy of approximately 30 area restaurants.
The hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., tickets cost $20, or $10 with a VIP pass available from exhibitors and sponsors.

The 2005 Boat Show will feature exhibits on motor homes, canoes, fishing boats, pontoons, runabouts, sail boats, boat engines, houseboats, cruisers, boat docks, trucks, recreational vehicles, tent campers, trailers, camping and fishing gear, water and snow skiing equipment, personal watercraft, camping resorts, travel destinations, lodges and more.

“If you’re a boating, fishing or outdoor enthusiast, then the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show is the place to be,” says Phil Keeter, president of the show. “Come in out of the cold, dream a little and have a day full of family and fun.”

In addition to the exhibits, free seminars on fishing will be presented throughout the week by a host of experts.

Daily promotions are also offered to guests of the show.

Senior Days run from Tuesday, Feb. 1, through Thursday, Feb. 3. From noon to 5 p.m. Guests 60 years and older receive $1 off the price of admission.

Twiggy, the world’s only water-skiing squirrel, begins her encore performance at the show on Wednesday, Feb. 2. Her performance schedule is Wednesday through Friday, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Twiggy’s show is free with a paid boat-show admission.

Kids Free Day is all day Sunday, Feb. 6. Kids (ages 15 and under) are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

Other promotions include the opportunity to sign up and win five days and four nights of fishing for two in Branson, courtesy of Festiva Resorts. The $2,700 prize package includes a professional guide, rod and reel, spending cash and more.

Randy Chrisman, show manager, said the Tulsa Boat, Sport & Travel Show, considered one of the most prestigious in the country, ranks with the leading boat shows in numbers of boats, exhibitors and attendance.

“We will have some 250 exhibitors, more than 1,000 boats and 60,000 people coming through in a 7-day period,” Chrisman said. “The Tulsa Boat Show is by far the biggest event of its kind in the Southwest.”

Over the last 48 years, the Boat Show has grown to become the largest event held at Expo Square, with the exception of the Tulsa State Fair. The Consumer Travel Agency Association rates it the overall fifth best show in the United States. The Marine Retailers Association of America ranks the Boat Show in the top ten in the nation for both attendance and floor space. Exhibitors use all 460,000 square feet in and around Expo Center, and, for only the second time in the history of the show, exhibits will also be displayed in the Exchange Center for a total of more than 480,000 square feet.

The “Official Tow Vehicle” of the show is provided by Hummer, and the “Official Hotel” is Sheraton Tulsa Hotel.

For more information, go to www.tulsaboatshow.com or call 918-58-BOATS.

Updated 01-14-2005

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