ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Lake of the Ozarks came to the St. Louis area last weekend, in the form of the annual St. Charles Boat Show, and boaters flocked to the event.

Mike Kenagy, director of the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association, said each day of the show set a record for attendance, and the show overall nearly doubled last year’s numbers. In total, the 2021 show held Thursday – Sunday, March 4–7 had 6,921 attendees, according to LOMDA’s ticket count. The biggest day was Saturday, with 3,256 attendees.

One attendee told the LakeExpo crew he had traveled from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which has been suffering under severe ongoing lockdowns as the state government there continues to implement its controversial response to Covid-19. He said he hopes to move to Missouri soon, and has a family lake house on Lake of the Ozarks.

The 2021 St. Charles show was the only boat show in St. Louis this year, as the annual St. Louis Boat & Sport Show was cancelled. Last year’s show came just as the first Covid-19 cases were being discovered in Missouri, and much of the St. Louis area shut down not long after.

LOMDA also took their annual show to Overland Park in January, seeing record attendance on multiple days of the show and the highest attendance numbers in nearly 15 years.

The final LOMDA show of the season will be at Lake of the Ozarks, the annual Spring In-Water Boat Show set for April 16–18 at Dog Days Bar & Grill.

Hours:

Friday: 1-7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.