A huge crowd showed up Saturday (Feb. 12) at the Biloxi Boat and RV Show in Biloxi, Miss., to check out everything from RVs to party barges to ATV’s. It was like a paradise for the outdoor enthusiast, the Biloxi Sun-Herald reported.
“This year is going very good,” said Melissa Miller, the show manager for the past 18 years. “It’s much improved. The vendors are happy, attendance is up and it’s a positive thing. We’ve had enough negative.”
After a year of worry because of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill, people seemed ready to get back on the water and in the outdoors.
“This show has been great for traffic,” said David Kellett of the Fairhope Boat Co. “It’s getting better all the time. This year, it’s exploded.”
Tracy Fisher, of B&R Camper Sales, in nearby Mobile, Ala., had already made sales.
“We’ve been coming to the show since it started,” Fisher said. “But this is the first time since Katrina. We’ve sold a few today.”
Tony Dickens, of George’s Water Sports in Mobile, Ala., was busy showing party barges and pontoon boats.
“The pontoon boats are doing pretty good,” Dickens said. “We can deliver them anywhere.”
The Big “O” Outdoors Charters had an impressive ice chest of redfish on display, and they were informing people of their chartered tours out of Slidell, La.
“The fishing has been great,” said Jonathan Allen of The Big “O”. “It’s our first show, but it’s going good. We young and just starting out but we want to get people fishing because it’s been great.”
Fishing was a big hit with the kids at Lawton’s Portable Trout Ponds.
John Lawton stayed busy and put a lot of smiles on many young faces.
“It’s been very good,” Lawton said. “They love it.”
Enthusiast of all ages seemed to love the Boat and RV show, and they can return today. The Show will open at 10 a.m. today and close at 5 p.m.