Monday, February 3 2014, 05:24 PM EST
Vendors Cruise Into Chattanooga Boat Show
Power boats, fishing boats, ski boats, pontoon boats... Every watercraft you could possibly dream of is at the Chattanooga Boat Show. Scott Manning says it was a slow start Thursday... but the crowd has picked up speed.
"Snow started on Thursday. We all had bad weather on Tuesday, but dealers have been doing well. From what I've heard, I've heard everyone's having a good show. Attendance was up yesterday. With the Super Bowl today, so we're more or less seeing what happens. We're all excited to be here and so far, we've had a good weekend," said Manning.
Boats aren't the only thing for visitors to check out. There were also attractions, like a human hamster ball you can climb inside, that floats in a large tank.
When it comes to the high ticket items, some enthusiasts are ready to take home the newest model. Others come to simply see what they'll think of next.
"We like to come down every year, checkout the boat show, see what changes have been made and make us want the next model that much more," said Rance Harden.
Harden is a regular at the annual Chattanooga Boat Show. He says water sports are a family affair.
"My dad grew up wake-boarding and he got me started with it. I probably started when I was 8 or 9, messing around with it."
The event was hosted by BK Productions, and it's the city's largest boating event of the year, with 10 boat vendors and 33 additional booths.
If you missed out on this year's show, unfortunately you'll have to wait until next year.
By: Kelsey Bagwell