Sunday, January 16, 2000

Boat, travel show downtown

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Tom Dorner says he needs another boat like he needs a hole in his head. But that didn't stop the Sidneyman from motoring 100 miles south on Interstate 75 to the 40th annual Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show.

        “I'm a boat addict,” said Mr. Dorner, owner of a 21-foot bowrider, a jetboat and a sailboat. “My wife and I try to get to about two or three different boat shows every year.”

        Despite his collection of nautical vehicles, Mr. Dorner was in the market Saturday for possibly one more.

        “I'm just really looking around today, but you never know. If I find just the right one, I might buy it,” he said with a huge grin.

        Mr. Dorner represents just one of the thousands of boat enthusiasts organizers expect to descend on the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center downtown over the course of the 10-day event. Hunting, fishing and golf equipment, motor boats and travel destinations are all part of this year's show.

        The boat show's hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, 2 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

        “If you are a boat lover, then this is definitely the place to be over the next two weeks,” said Doug Hart, vice president of Hart Productions, Inc., which produces the boat show. “If you've got a boat, we've got places for you to take it. If you want a boat, we've got places for you to buy it.”

        They also have more than 500 travel, marine and outdoor exhibitors with booths set up on three floors of the convention center. The hunting and fishing show, which features some of the nation's top hunting experts, guides and outfitters, concludes today. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tristate hunters and fishermen can learn archery, receive firearms training, attend semi nars or just hobnob with the pros.

        Meanwhile, the golf show takes place Friday through Jan. 24. Cutting-edge golf equipment will be on display and available for purchase. Golf pros also will conduct seminars and offer tips.

        Golf show hours are from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23.

        Tickets are $8, $2.50 for children 13 and under (free on Monday), $13 for two-day adult passes. 281-0022.


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