Boat show this weekend at Gilford Hills

GILFORD — For the first time in a long time, the Lake Winnipesaukee area will host a boat show. The N.H. Lakes Region Boat Show will be held today and tomorrow at the Gilford Hills Indoor Tennis Club, and will feature many of the local businesses that cater to the wet set.
The show is organized by Premier Events and the New Hampshire Marine Trades Association. Doors will be open today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., extended hours to accommodate spring skiers, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The admission fee is $7.
According to Tim James, executive director of Premier Events, the Lakes Region hasn't had a boat show since the early 1980s, and he's hoping this weekend's event will become a yearly happening for the region and as anticipated as the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby and the Timberman Triathlon at Gunstock.
James said the show will feature about a dozen local marinas, who will fill the tennis club with powerboats, personal water craft and kayaks. There will also be a section of the floor dedicated to fishing, AutoServ is bringing vehicles capable of towing boats. There will also be a caricature artist and a masseuse on hand, and WLNH radio will be broadcasting live on both days.
At least one person will be going home from the show with a new boat. A raffle of a boat, proceeds from the raffle tickets will benefit the Laconia Ice Arena, will be held. Only 700 tickets will be sold at $50 each, said James. There will also be other give-aways throughout the weekend.
"I'm trying to make it so that when they come here, it feels like an event," said James. "We're trying to make it a long-term, annual event."

Paul Marion, an employee of Winnisquam Marine, shines a 19' Crownline boat, one of many at the Gilford Hills Indoor Tennis Club for the NH Lakes Region Boat Show held today and tomorrow. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Adam Drapcho)