Larger Hartford show had an array of options

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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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