February 17-21 2016
Features & Attractions
PLEASE NOTE: The following information is from the 2015 Grand Rapids Boat Show. The 2016 Show details will be posted soon…
Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel
This internationally famous star is returning to the Boat Show! Twiggy has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” plus she has been featured in numerous books, newspapers, magazines, and television shows all over the world. Pleasing many animal lovers and boaters, Twiggy carries her message of Boating Safety to children wherever she goes. Stop by and enjoy the performance!
Twiggy’s performance schedule:
Wednesday: 5pm / 8pm
Thursday: 5pm / 8pm
Friday: 2pm / 5pm / 8pm
Saturday: 11:30am / 2:30pm / 5pm / 7:30pm
Sunday: 12pm / 2pm / 4pm
Antique & Classic Boat Display
An impressive display of wooden boats, presented by the Water Wonderland Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society, will once again be on display at the Boat Show. Members of the Water Wonderland Chapter will be on-hand to answer questions and share stories from days gone by.
This year’s display will feature Century boats. Thomas Holmes, the president of the Century Boat Club will do a walk-through informative talk on each boat on display on Saturday at 11am, 1pm and 3pm; and again on Sunday at 12pm and 2pm.
HO Sports Tube Truckload Sale
HO Sports will inflate every tube they make and offer the best values ever at the Tubers’ Truckload Sale at the Boat Show! Meet the professional designers of the tubes straight from the factory. HO Sports will also give away a tube a day to some lucky winners!
HO is a leader in the development of the new sphere technology, with tubes like the Ion, Molecule, Atom, and Black Ice tubes. Stock up at the Boat Show and be ready to hit the water this Summer!
Grand Haven / Spring Lake / Ferrysburg Night – Thursday
The Boat Show will be filled with some of your favorite Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg features on Thursday evening including local eateries, vendors, music and prizes! Select Grand Haven displays will offer complimentary specialty foods.
It may be hard to think of sunshine, beach days and boating during the winter months, but that’s exactly what is on the minds of those in the Grand Haven area! This special evening (6:30pm – 8:30pm) will consist of local eateries, vendors and entertainment, presented by Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg communities! Enjoy samples from The Kirby House, Grand Finale, Top Butcher Shop and Pump House while listening to Tropical Rock music from the Don Middlebrook Band and the Steel Doin’ It Band. Stop by the Grand Haven Chamber’s booth to pick up a complimentary chamois (while supplies last)!
The night is sponsored by the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg.
Key West Crab Shack
Enjoy food from the Amway Chefs and Tropical Rock (Trop Rock) music from the Don Middlebrook Band at the Key West Crab Shack. The songs for beach, boat and island lovers will resonate throughout the Grand Gallery of DeVos Place. Media Partner: 105.3 HOT FM
Don Middlebrook Performance Schedule:
Wednesday: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Thursday: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Friday: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday: 3pm – 6pm
Crab Shack Menu:
Cajun Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Mahi Mahi Sandwich with Lemon Basil Aioli
Fish & Chips
Tropical Fruit Salad
Floridian Chef Salad
Key Lime Cheesecake
Cran-Hill Ranch Zorb Pool
Discover what it’s like to run on water in a Zorb, as long as you can keep your balance! Have fun riding in a Zorb and take part in this new activity that is sweeping the nation. Hop into these giant 8′ Zorbs while running around in their expansive 20′ x 40′ Zorb pool. This activity is fun for the whole family! Give it a try in the Ballroom at the Boat Show.
Meet Pro Wakeboarders and a Pro Waterskier
Pro Wakeboarders Adam Errington, Rusty Malinoski and Kevin Henshaw, and Pro Waterskier Brooks Wilson will be hanging out at the Action Water Sports booth at the Show on Friday and Saturday!
Pro Wakeboarders JD Webb and Adam Wensink will be hanging out at the Premier Motorsports booth Friday night and Saturday!
Rusty is a pro wakeboarder originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, but now resides in Orlando, FL. He was the first wakeboarder to land a 1080 in competition and was most recently a supporting cast member on the MTV show Wake Brothers. He also won the Wake Games in 2008 and 2009, the World Champ in 2008 and the National Champ in 2007. Rusty has finished every season in the top 10 since turning pro in 2003.
Adam was the 2007 Rookie of the Year and has continued to move up in the wakeboard world ever since. He took 3rd Place at the 2009 Wake Games, 1st Place at the 2009 WWA National Championships and 3rd Place at the 2012 Nautique WWA Nationals.
Kevin climbed the ranks into the pro wakeboarding division and is best known for his rail riding abilities. Some of his accomplishments include 1st place at Fise, 2nd place at Walk the Line 2012-2013, and building a private wake park.
Brooks Wilson is not only a pro waterskier, he also is a world-renowned skiing coach and shares the same passion that he has for tournament skiing with the people he trains.
JD Webb is a Nautique pro rider. His accomplishments include a 2x rail rider of the year, 1st at Oakley Riot in 2010, and 3rd at the 2010 Wakegames.
Adam Wensink is a professional wakeboarder and the North-East and Mid-West sales representative for Nautique boats. He has been wakeboarding since he was 11 and has won multiple national and world titles.
Boating Safety Certification Course
Saturday, February 21 from 12pm – 5pm
Get your certification done in one day by the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Marine Division on Saturday at the Boat Show and be ready to hit the water this Summer! Typically these classes take multiple evenings. Here is your opportunity to get certified, a legal necessity in order to command a motorized boat without supervision for anyone born after 1978, and those between the ages of 12 and 16 years old. (And simply a smart thing to do!)
There is no fee to attend the Boating Safety Class. Participants should gather in the main entrance lobby of DeVos Place and will be directed to the seminar room just before 12pm.
Michigan Hydroplane Racing Association
MHRA is a grass-roots Stock Outboard Racing Club, which hosts over a half dozen racing events across the State of Michigan. This is the same club which at one time hosted racing on the Grand River in Grand Rapids and features highly competitive, affordable, racing action with a wide variety of ages and speeds. The Junior Hydroplanes, where kids can start racing at age 9, have a top speed of roughly 42 MPH, where adults can reach up to 80+ MPH dependent on their class – and it’s all on your knees! This family-oriented sport features some of the best racing action on the water – and the hub is in the State of Michigan, with MHRA being one of the largest outboard racing clubs in the Nation!
The association offers very unique types of boats – Stock and Junior Outboard Hydroplanes. They will have two boats that will be on display at the Show. The first is a Junior Hydroplane of the J Classes, which kids as young as 9 years old can start racing. This boat has a 15 HP Mercury engine on the back, to which speeds of around 42 MPH can be reached. The second boat is a C Stock Hydroplane, of the adult Stock Outboard Class, which can reach speeds in the upper 60 MPH range, powered by a Yamato Race Engine.
Grand City Show Skiers
A nationally known ski team, Grand City Show Skiers, will be performing a live demonstration of many aspects of show skiing, including human pyramids. Skiing is extremely popular in the upper Midwest, and practiced throughout the nation. Show skiing combines components of all water ski disciplines. Water ski shows are an aquatic Broadway musical, featuring several water ski acts choreographed to music and built around a theme that tells a story.
Grand City Show Skiers is an amateur club, which usually has 30 or more members. Age is not a factor since ski club performers can range from children to grandparents. Grand City is a family oriented, non-profit club that has been entertaining the West Michigan communities for over 25 years.
Saturday: 2pm / 6pm
Gizmo the Robot
Be on the look-out for Gizmo the Robot while you’re at the Show! He’ll be wandering the aisles entertaining attendees.
MasterCraft VR Express Simulator
Sometimes we are called to a higher order – FUN! Enjoy the experience of throwing back a roll on a wakeboard or hitting a ski jump at 80 MPH and flying in the air. This is quite the experience, try it out in the Ballroom of DeVos Place! Brought to the Show by Summit Marine.