Grand Rapids Boat Show
Feb 18 - 22
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Twiggy the Waterskiing Squirrel

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

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.

Visit www.wwcacbs.com for more information.  Sponsored by Michigan Radio

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HO Sports Tube Truckload Sale

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!

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Grand Haven / Spring Lake / Ferrysburg Night – Thursday

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.

The night is sponsored by the Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce, the cities of Grand Haven, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg, and 105.3 HOT FM.

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Key West Crab Shack

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.

Don Middlebrook Performance Schedule:

Wednesday:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Thursday:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Friday:  6:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday:  3pm – 6pm

Cran-Hill Ranch Zorb Pool

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

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!

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.

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Dive Tank

Dive Tank

Presented by the Great Lakes Dive Locker.  All attendees are invited to suit up and try it out each day of the Show!

 

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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

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

Grand City Show Skiers

The Grand City Show Skiers will be performing a live demonstration of many aspects of show skiing, including Human Pyramids, at the Boat Show! 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.

Demonstration Times:

Friday:  6pm

Saturday:  2pm  /  6pm

Sunday:  1pm

Gizmo the Robot

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

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.