From the Northeast to the Midwest, boat shows abound.


The Providence Boat Show will take place from January 7-10, in Providence, Rhode Island, at the Rhode Island Convention Center. With more than 200 Power Cruisers and fishing boats from 8-40 feet in length on display, over 200 exhibitors displaying gear and equipment, and a lowered ticket price of just $10 at the door and $8 in advance, it's an affordable family outing. Plus, two lucky show attendees will get to take part in the Boatload of Cash giveaway, with a prize of $50,000! www.providenceboatshow.com__ The Chicago Boat, RV and Outdoors show celebrates its 80th year at the McCormick Place – North on Chicago's eastern shores. This year the show is full of new events and features, such as a historical fishing display the "Evolution of Fishing in America," an antique and classic boat section, and the DockDogs event (long-jump and high-jump competition for dogs). www.chicagoboatshow.com Boating fun comes to the Midwest with the 56th Kansas City Boat and Sportshow, being held January 7-10 at the H. Roe Bartle Hall in Kansas City, Missouri. The show features fishing seminars, and a bikini and a rib-eating contest, and new this year, a workshop on how pirates played an active roll in the development of colonial America. www.kansascitysportshow.com