Celebrating a milestone this year, the Crystal Coast Boat Show returns to downtown Morehead City May 19-21. With additional dock space this year near Jaycee Park, the show has the ability to stretch out and accommodate a growing number of vessels, both on land and in the water. Which is great news for this 10-year-old celebration of all things nautical.
"We have become one of the largest boat shows in the eastern part of the state," said Capt. Steve Miller, chairman of the Boat Show committee. "Before the end of last year's show, dealers and vendors were signing up for the 2017 show. Each year this boat show continues to attract people in the market for buying the boat of their dreams."
The Crystal Coast Boat Show features both new and used boats and showcases a variety of marine products and services, outdoor gear, fishing tackle, brokers and resource conservation groups. The boat show is free and open to the public from 9am-5pm on Saturday, May 20 and 9am-4pm on Sunday, May 21. This year, it kicks off with a new event from 9am-4pm on Friday, May 19. Whether you're looking for your first boat, or you're ready to trade up, new and used boat dealers will be on hand all weekend to help you explore the options.
In partnership with the Carteret Community College, the Boat Show offers an expanded education program, "Boating DIY." Individuals interested in learning more about boating and maintenance are encouraged to attend morning and afternoon classes hosted by the college's MARTEC Boat Program and the Marine Propulsion System while a working lunch will be hosted by the college's culinary program.
The Morehead City chapter of the Antique Automobile Club will be on hand as well, showcasing vehicles from 9am-3pm on Saturday, May 20, at Katherine Davis Park. Also on tap, the Sunshine Band will perform at 10:30am in Jaycee Park. On Sunday, May 21, the Morehead City After Hours Rotary Club takes over the park for its annual Cornhole Tournament starting at 12:30pm. Burgers, hot dogs and beverages will be available for sale. To register, or for more information, email email@example.com.