Boat show is a family affair, tooGoing to the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show every year never gets old when one goes with family. That was the sentiment that echoed through the DECC at the show’s opening Wednesday.
By: Alysee Shelton, Duluth News Tribune
Going to the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel & RV Show every year never gets old when one goes with family. That was the sentiment that echoed through the DECC at the show’s opening Wednesday.
Jason Malmstrom, his wife and two kids come to the event every year. They were spotted standing by a cream-and-white colored, family-size boat.
“We like to check out the giant boats,” Jason Malmstrom said. “We are looking to buy a boat, we are outdoorsy people.”
There were boats that would seat two people and boats that seated 10 people. Boats with black-and-gray interiors and some with cream-and-tan interiors. Boats that cost $10,000 and some that ran up to $40,000. The boats of all shapes and hues were like a pod of whales beached on brackets.
“I just want them all, they are so cool,” Brendon Malmstrom, 5, said. “One day I plan on buying one of these big boats.”
Ashley Forbes came to the event with her husband and brought her three kids with her. It’s their first time attending the show.
“My in-laws wanted to come to the event,” Forbes said. “This my first time. I’m enjoying it so far.”
Her three toddlers were squirming about, climbing on $30,000 speed boats and out of strollers, which probably cost substantially less.
“We are campers, and we eventually want to buy a new RV with a pop out tent.” Forbes said.
The Forbes family was just standing at the beginning of the boat exhibit taking it all in. So far their favorite part of the event was the JD’s Salsa in Seconds, which is just like it sounds: Salsa. Made in just seconds.
Lindsay Godmare and her three kids were browsing the diverse array of vendors.
“We come every year, it’s something to do when its cold outside,” Godmare said.
Vendors at the event included Scentsy, Doctor Dish, JD’s Salsa in Seconds, Gel Insoles and more.
Cadence Godmare, 6, was dancing around happily waiting to go to the next exhibit.
“I’m having a blast,” Cadence Godmare said. “I like being here with mom.”
Lindsay Godmare, mom, gathered up her kids to take them to the hunting exhibit.
“We have a camper and four-wheeler,” Lindsay Godmare. “We like to travel, go boating, and my husband hunts, so there is something for everyone in my family.”
Sarah Majchrzak, her husband and their two daughters watched two Syrian bears aggressively wrestle with each other.
“It is great because everyone in this family is an outdoor person,” Sarah Majchrzak said.
Her daughters Maddie and Mackenzie jumped away from the bear cage when the bears started growling.
The animal exhibits consisted of two bear cubs, several white-tailed deer, two Syrian bears, two Canada lynx and one gray fox.
“My favorite part is looking at all the different animals,” said 9-year-old Mackenzie Majchrzak said. “I even got to pet the cubs, it was fun.”
“We love everything about this event,” Sarah Majchrzak said. “We may come every year, but it will never get old to us.”
This event will be open until Sunday at 5 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children between the ages of 6-17 and free for children under 5-years-old.