Michigan City show attendance up

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Attendance at the Michigan City In-Water Boat Show, which ended Sunday, was up 7 percent as compared to 2007, and dealers reported that sales were good, organizers reported in a report earlier this week.

“We had perfect weather during the setup week and I think that put everyone in a good mood,” said Show Manager Ken Alvey. “By the time the show opened, the exhibitors were upbeat and ready to sell boats. It is essential these days to have a positive attitude in order to get visitors into a buying state of mind.”

All residents of LaPorte County, Ind. – which contains Michigan City – were allowed into the show for free on opening day, Aug. 21. In addition, the newly-acquired Water Weenie hot dog boat was launched at the show with Michigan City Mayor Chuck Oberlie, and the Michigan City Port Authority building was renamed in posthumous honor of Hartley Job, organizers stated. Job was the principle founder of the port authority and was instrumental in convincing the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association to organize the first Michigan City In-Water Boat Show in 1980, according to the association.

The boat show will return for its 30th year on Aug. 27, 2009 and run through Aug. 23, reported organizers.

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