There will only be one major boat show in the Kansas City area this winter. The Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association (LOMDA) says they plan to press forward with plans for the Overland Park Boat Show, but Lost Paddle Media—which has acquired the Kansas City Boat and Sportshow, Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo, Suffern New York’s World Fishing & Outdoor Exposition, and the Saltwater Fishing Expo in Edison, New Jersey from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA)—has cancelled the Kansas City Boat and Sportshow.

LOMDA Director Mike Kenagy informed all boat show vendors in an email last week that the show would proceed as planned, but with specific directions related to Covid rules. Among them: all vendors will be required to wear masks while in the convention center, booths must be set up with social distancing in mind, wiping-down high-touch points, and other practices to promote social distancing.

The Overland Park Boat Show is scheduled for Jan. 28-31, 2020, at the Overland Park Convention Center.

Lost Paddle's Purchase Of Shows From NMMA

Lost Paddle, the new owner of the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow is an experiential media company based in Asheville, NC. It operates new media properties and outdoor events, including The Big Gear Show.

“These four shows are the leading fishing, boating, and outdoor-related shows in their markets,” said Sutton Bacon, CEO of Lost Paddle, speaking of the four boat shows the company purchased from NMMA. “The entire spectrum of outdoor sports has seen significant growth this past year. Investing in the fishing industry synchronizes well with our background in paddling, cycling, climbing, and camping markets.”

The Lost Paddle shows will be led by Tod Alberto who has been tapped as general manager. Tod is the former show manager with the NMMA and he successfully managed the Chicagoland, World Fishing, and Saltwater shows for 10 years, including under previous ownership by the American Sportfishing Association. 

“I’m very excited to continue producing these three great events and to add the Kansas City show,” said Alberto. “The passionate anglers and outdoor sports enthusiasts in these markets look forward to our annual events and the opportunity to buy the latest and greatest gear and boats. Featuring incredible attendance, these shows offer a great opportunity for attendees to research manufacturers, buy gear from local, independent retailers, book travel around the globe, and learn from top fishing and hunting pros – all under one roof.”

Darren Envall, VP of Midwest Shows for NMMA, added, “We are confident the experienced team at Lost Paddle will produce successful shows and we look forward to seeing the continued excitement around these annual outdoor events, which are staples in their respective communities for the outdoor industries and enthusiasts.” 

Lost Paddle is planning the 2022 Kansas City show for February 10-13, 2022, and the Chicagoland show (which was also cancelled for 2021) will be held January 27-30, 2022. The company says decisions regarding the 2021 New York and New Jersey shows will be announced soon based on government guidelines and feedback from exhibitors, venue operators and health officials.

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