2020 Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show – February 2020
Let’s talk about the 13th Annual Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing Show!
This year’s Southern Illinois Boat and Fishing show will be happening February 7th through 9th at the Marion Pavilion and as always, it’s FREE! That means free admission, free parking, and free entertainment! Already sounds awesome, right? Just wait, there’s more!
Local food pantries will be there collecting canned goods in exchange for raffle tickets! Friday night we will be holding our “Double Your Luck” kickoff event. All canned good donations during this time will qualify for TWO raffle entries! Donations on Saturday and Sunday will qualify for one entry per-person! Gander Outdoors has provided an Angler’s Kayak and an adventure package that retail for over $500! The drawing will take place Sunday afternoon and the winner must be present at the drawing to qualify!
For our 13th year, we wanted to bring in some extra special entertainment. So, we partnered with Black Diamond RV to do just that. Saturday the 8th, TV personality The Turtleman will be there, ready to meet and greet his Southern Illinois fans! We are predicting long lines for this event, so get there early to look around and find a spot in line! The Turtleman will be meeting and greeting beside the Black Diamond RV display area from 11-4.
We want you to bring the whole family out for some fun at this event! We will have our Kid Zone set up on Saturday! The Kid Zone will feature a rock-climbing wall, a fishing simulator, and a few fun craft projects! There will be something for every kid to enjoy in The Zone! The Kid Zone will be set up from 1-4.
Vendors & Seminars
As usual, the show will be hosting a wide variety of vendors and seminar speakers! Vendors will be here offering everything you need to get your lake season started! We’ll have boat dealers, tackle and bait vendors, outdoor and water sport vendors, clothing and merch vendors, and even a few specialty vendors for the non-fisherman. Get your boating accessories, your fishing supplies, and everything else you may need in one stop!
On Sunday, we will be holding three fishing seminars! James Williams will be offering his Pro’s Panel seminar from 11-12:30. Three Pound Fishing will be offering an educational seminar focused on using live scopes from 12:45-1:30. IDNR will be around all weekend giving information and answering questions. They will also be giving a lake update from 1:45-2:30. If you’re planning to be on the water this spring and summer, you won’t want to miss these!
Black Diamond Aviation will be offering helicopter rides, weather permitting. This activity is not included in the free entertainment and rides will be $40.
Martini Joe’s will be there serving up snacks and drinks all weekend long!
All of the weekend’s proceeds will be benefiting Gum Drops, NFP and Veterans Honor Guard. All canned goods collected will be given to local food pantries.