NASHVILLE, Tenn. –- The Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat and Sportshow for recreational boaters, fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts is preparing to launch in its new home – the Music City Center – from Thursday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Jan. 26.
The show will feature hundreds of new boats for sale, plus a dose of summer fun with nautical attractions and educational offerings for all ages.
There will also be a special appearance by John Godwin from the hit series “Duck Dynasty.” Goodwin will make an appearance Sunday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Godwin is a recurring guest on “Duck Dynasty” and has been an employee of Duck Commander since 2002.
His main title at Duck Commander is decoy technician, which means he figures out the exact spots decoys should be placed and works on all equipment after the hunt to make sure it is ready for the next day’s hunt. He also builds the duck calls, manages supplies and oversees the shipping department.
Other new features slated for this year include the “Be a Diver” pool that will give attendees the opportunity to scuba dive for free, while a replica of a real pirate ship will be on hand to let adults and children dress like a pirate and have their picture taken.
Show staples, including the fishing seminar series and the Bass Tubs of Oklahoma Fish Tank, will be back again this year.
Returning to the show is Paddlefest, hosted by Canoe Kentucky, to provide attendees a chance to try out kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards in a large on-site pool. It has become one of the most popular demonstrations at the show as interest in those sports has increased in recent years.
“Because Middle Tennessee is full of small rivers and waterways that are ideal for paddle boats, coupled with an active-lifestyle population, we expect Paddlefest to draw a lot of attention again this year,” said Kim Muncy, the show manager.
The popular annual show will begin taking advantage of the increased space and amenities at the new location with hundreds of boats.
The new 180,000-square-foot location will also allow the show to expand further in the coming years, organizers said.
Other features will include daily fishing seminars for all experience levels from local professional angler Joey Monteleone, and free kids boating safety sessions through the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Water Wise Program.
Tickets are $6 on Thursday, Jan. 23, for those 16 and older, and $9 the following three days. Children younger than 15 are admitted free throughout the show.
To purchase tickets or find out more information about the boat show, visit www.nashvilleboatshow.com.