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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center - FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself. 


For the full list of seminars, click here

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Kids’ Trout Pond—FREE for kids 12 and younger!

Booth 5010

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce kids to the sport of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a "big one".

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Meet Bassmaster Elite Pro Timmy Horton

Booth 3135

Meet Bassmaster Elite Pro Timmy Horton.

Timmy will be the special guest of Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association on Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Stop by to get Timmy’s autograph and snap a picture with him.

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Meet Pro Wakeboarders Chad Lowe and Chad Sharpe – Special guests of Nick’s Boat Dock

Space 4139

Friday from 6pm to 8pm; Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 8pm and Sunday from 11am to 2pm

Pro Chad Lowe

  • 2012 WWA World & USA National Champion (pro vets)
  • 2015 WWA Wake Park National Champion (pro vets)
  • 2015 Member of USA National Wakeboard Team (bronze Medal)

Pro Chad Sharpe

  • 2012 WWA World & USA National Champion (pro vets)
  • 2015 WWA Wake Park National Champion (pro vets)
  • 2105 Member of USA National Wakeboard Team (bronze Medal)

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New! Mac & The Big Cheese—Ultimate Camp Cooking

Space 4135

Co-founders of Ultimate Camp Cooking, nationally touring comedians Pat ‘Mac’ and Mike ‘The Big Cheese’ Faverman are also celebrity chefs with a passion for camp cooking.

Join Mac & The Big Cheese as they share cooking techniques and tips, and dish up food, fun and laughter along with delicious, easy recipes designed for camping and tailgating. Click to view schedule

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New! Paddlesports 101 - Hosted by Canoe Kentucky

Booth 4010

In search of a new way to enjoy the water, spend time outdoors or energize your exercise routine? Attend one of Canoe Kentucky’s mini clinics to learn about types of boats, paddle techniques, camp kitchen, PFDs, and accessories for fishing. Check out the latest in paddle sports gear, watercraft, too. You can also register to WIN a Jackson Coosa Angler Kayak package! Click to view schedule

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New! Riverboating Series—Hosted by Author & Riverlorian Jerry Hay

Riverside Stage

Rivers are a great natural resources that are often overlooked by boaters. Anyone who wants to explore river travel—whether by boat, kayak or canoe—and learn the “rules of the road” will want to sit in on these seminars.

Riverlorian and Storyteller, Jerry Hay will also talk about the “rough and rowdy” early days on the river, and share some of his favorite river tales. Click to view schedule

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United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer - Boating Simulator

Space 3048

Take the helm of a virtual boat to practice basic boating maneuvers and improve your boating skills—without leaving dry land. The United States Power Squadrons® Boating Skills Virtual Trainer® makes learning fun and easy! It features a steering wheel and a real Mercury throttle you use to “drive” a 20-ft. console boat on a lake with other powerboats, sailboats, navigation aids and a full marina.

Training options include close quarters maneuvering, docking and more. Instructors can adjust current and wind direction and velocity, and day/night settings to vary the degree of difficulty and challenge you whatever your skill level.

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Wakeboard Mini Clinics and Trampoline Wall Demonstrations

Hosted by Nick’s Boat Dock - Booth 4139

Come watch pro boarders defy gravity as they demonstrate wakeboarding tricks—grabs, spins, flips—and other stunts. During the clinics riders will offer pointers and tips you can use whether you’re just getting started in wakeboarding or want to improve your techniques. Click to view schedule


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