Things to Do at the Show

2023 Show Highlights

Twiggy, the Waterskiing Squirrel
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Twiggy, the Waterskiing Squirrel

Booth 590

Don’t miss the world’s most famous watersports-loving rodent. Twiggy will amaze you as she cruises around her custom-made heated pool.

Thursday 5 pm & 8 pm

Friday 3 pm, 6 pm & 8 pm

Saturday 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm & 7 pm

Sunday 1 pm & 3 pm

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America's Boating Club's® Boating Simulator

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Get “hands-on” practice in boating skills such as docking, pivot turns, stopping and more using a real Mercury throttle and steering wheel.

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Discover the Magic of Mermaids

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Mermaid Alouette will enchant kids of all ages with her stories and sing-alongs. Keep your camera ready to capture the fun.

Friday, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm

Saturday 11am–1pm & 2 pm–4 pm

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Sean T Hughes—the TN Balloon Guy

Nashville Boat Club, Booth 504

Sean will twist, bend, and shape balloons into animals, headwear and other fun shapes sure to put a smile on your little one’s face.

Friday 2 pm-8 pm

Saturday 12 pm-8 pm

Sunday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm

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Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA)

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You’re one-stop shop to purchase or renew your boat registration. Pick-up rules and regulations and schedules for the 2023 boating, fishing, and hunting seasons.

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FREE Boating Safety Courses

Friday, January 6, 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
Saturday, January 7, 8:00 am–11:30 am 

Free responsible boating course offered by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) on Friday and Saturday in Show Office Hall C.

  • There is no charge for the class; however, you MUST purchase a Type 600 Boat Safety Exam Permit and bring it to class with you. 
  • Permits can be purchased anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold
  • Online registration CLICK HERE
    • January 6, Friday class—enter passcode NBS1
    • January 7, Saturday class—enter passcode NBS2
  • Registration available at the TWRA Booth #501 through Friday, January 6. 
  • Upon completion of class and exam, show admission is FREE!


Paddle Sports Demo Pool
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Paddle Sports Demo Pool

Booth 580

Try stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), kayaking and other paddle sports. We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a demo ride—no experience needed. Check out the latest in paddle sports gear and watercraft, too.

Fred’s Shed How-to Center
Fred’s Shed How-to Center

Fred’s Shed How-to Center—presented by Progressive

Booth 425

Tips, tricks and DIY advice for every boater—from first timers to experienced captains. Have a boat or engine problem you haven’t been able to fix? Stop by and ask our tech expert about it.

Wake Zone—Meet Wakeboard Pros

Wake Zone—Meet Wakeboard Pros _____ & _______

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Stop by to hang with pros ______ and _____. Get pointers and tips you can use whether you’re new to wakeboarding/wakesurfing or want to level up your skills.

Friday 5pm -8pm

Saturday 11am – 1pm, 2pm – 4pm & 6pm-8pm

Sunday 12pm – 2pm