Kansas City Boat and Sportshow: Dreams of summer

01/23/2014 5:02 PM

01/24/2014 6:37 AM

The afternoon temperatures were in the lower teens in downtown Kansas City, but inside Bartle Hall people were already thinking summer.

The 60th Annual Progressive Insurance Kansas City Boat and Sportshow got underway at 2 p.m. Thursday and runs through Sunday.

“It’s nice to dream what the summer holds,” said Tiffany Kinnison of Linwood, Kan., who was attending the show with her husband, Jerrad Kinnison and their 2-1/2-year-old son Caiden.

“We hunt and fish so we like to see what is out there and this a good chance to do that,” Tiffany Kinnison said. “Hopefully we will have a new boat sometime in the future.”

The future could be this year, she said, so they were looking at pontoons.

Doyle Dooley of Belton was attracted to the show for no specific reason other than to just look around.

“Just see what they have, whether there’s anything different,” said Dooley, who does crappie fishing.

Mark Adams, the show manager, said people will be able to see boats, boats and more boats.

They will also be able to get information on vacation destinations and see hunting, fishing and marine accessories.

There’s even a $1.1 million 45-foot Iguana Yacht cruiser on display at the show.

“The fun part is coming in and seeing all the hands-on seminars and activities that we will have at the show,” Adams said.

That includes the touch pool that KC’s Sea Life Aquarium will have to show the type of creatures it has at Crown Center.

“We are also doing a squid dissection class several times throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday,” said Annie Crandall, marketing coordinator for Sea Life.

The Boat and Sportshow continues noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The cost is $10 for adults. On Sunday, attendees bringing a nonperishable food item can get into the show for $5.

See the

show’s website

for more information about the show and other activities as well as other discounts on tickets.

Bartle Hall isn’t the only place where boating fans can go this weekend. The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association’s Boat Show also opened Thursday and runs through Sunday at the Overland Park Convention Center.

See the

show’s website

for more information.

At Bartle Hall, Justin Whistle and Blaine Bunch, both of Pleasant Hill, Mo., were looking at bass and big party boats.

“I enjoy fishing and being out on the water,” Whistle said. “It’s always fun to look at boats.”

But it might be some time before he can afford a new one.

“As soon as I win the lottery,” Whistle said. “It’ll be any day now.”

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