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Larger Hartford show had an array of options

Connecticut boaters have options that range from lakes and rivers to Long Island Sound, so displaying the diversity of the state’s boating scene was a priority for organizers of the 47th annual Hartford Boat Show.

Promoted strongly in the local media, the four-day event at the Connecticut Convention Center, which ended Sunday, had more than 125 exhibitors and 250 boats on display.

The expanded show provided activities that ranged from a stand-up paddleboard demonstration pool on the lower level to a virtual fishing tournament on a new second floor.

“We wanted to make the show fun, just like the recreation is,” Connecticut Marine Trades Association executive director Kathleen Burns said.

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