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Southeast US Boat Show opens noon Friday at Metropolitan Park

Even with its new date and time, the 21st annual Southeast US Boat Show doesn’t seem to have skipped a beat. A small change to the start time on one day is the only discernable difference in this year’s show when compared to previous shows.

The three-day event, originally scheduled for April 21-23, now will be held Friday through Sunday at Metropolitan Park Marina.

“The only change is that we will open at noon on Friday rather than at 10 a.m.,” said show organizer Jimmy Hill, owner of Current Productions. “The only other difference is that we’re expecting an even better turnout this year since the economy has improved so much. The show’s date change hasn’t seemed to affect things at all.”

Hill still expects about 180 vendors this year, about the same as last year’s successful show.

He said there should be approximately 20 boat dealers and manufacturers represented, with inventory in the water and on land.

“The feedback from the vendors in last year’s show was terrific,” he said. “Sales were up in nearly every category, and we expect them to be even better this year. We’ve come through a rough period and people are ready to have fun again, and there’s no better place to do that than on the water in Jacksonville.”

Not only will there be boats and marine-oriented products on display, but there will be demonstrations and seminars for adults and children.

And, on Saturday and Sunday, the popular Oyster Jam returns with a full schedule of entertainment — all day, both days.

The lineup includes an oyster cook-off and a shucking contest, a stand-up paddleboard race, cornhole tournament, bikini contest and more.

There will be live music all day and plenty of food trucks to entertain — and feed — attendees of all ages. Those with more adult tastes in beverages will appreciate the Tiki Bar and Happy Hour specials. Tickets are $12 for adults, and children under 16 are admitted free of charge. Hill said that tickets purchased for the original show dates will be honored and refunds will be given for those who cannot attend the May event.

Hours for the show are noon to 8 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Fairbanks paddlers hold boat swap Saturday – Fairbanks Daily News

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks Paddlers will host a boat swap Saturday at Beaver Sports, 3480 College Road.

Sellers can bring nonmotorized boats and paddling gear to the store between 10-11 a.m. The sale runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and from 2-3 p.m., people can pick up unsold gear. 

Fifteen percent of sales will be contributed to Fairbanks Paddlers. People who are interested in volunteering at the sale can call John Schauer at 460-6290. For more information, email

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Greenwich’s Fedorko family prepares for second Emsway Walk



GREENWICH — Final preparations are being made for Sunday’s second annual Emsway Walk for Boating Safety which pays tribute to the memory of Emily Fedorko.

The 16-year-old girl was killed in a boating accident on Long Island Sound in 2014. Since then, her parents, Old Greenwich residents Joe and Pamela Fedorko, have made it a mission to advocate for water safety.

They have crafted lessons from safe boating to responsible watersports and have donated live-saving equipment. The walk has been a centerpiece of the efforts by the non-profit Emily Catherine Fedorko Foundation.

This year, it will is planned for 10 a.m. May 21 at Greenwich Point.

“This is something that’s gratifying for us,” Joe Fedorko said. “It’s something we look forward to. … Emily was really more of a giver than most of us. We’ve learned from her and we do feel connected to her. We feel connected in a lot of ways. It still doesn’t make it easy.”

The two-mile walk will take place rain or shine and will start at the Clambake Area and then circle around to a finish back in the same area.

“As much as this is work and we’re putting this all together, I know it’s going to be a beautiful day and I feel like everybody is really looking forward to it, said Pamela Fedorko. “I know after it’s over, I’m going to feel like we did something really good.”

Sign up starts at 9 a.m. Cost is $15 to pre-register, $20 the day of the walk. Children younger than 10 participate for free.

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Participants will receive life vests or throw cushions, both items required to be on board boats in Connecticut.

The Fedorkos are hoping for a turnout of close to 500 on Sunday. Last year, for the inaugural event, rain kept attendance down to closer to 300.

“In the last 10 days, we’ve had a lot of signups,” Joe Fedorko said. “People had been waiting for the weather. We’ve put up a lot more signs in the last week. People have been seeing them and realizing it’s happening.”

The family wanted this year’s walk to coincide with the start of National Boating Safety Week.

The event and is a continuation of the foundation’s work which has seen them get more involved locally with the Greenwich Police Department as well as the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to supply life vests to people who need them.

The foundation has worked with the Greenwich Police Department and the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to supply life vests to people who need them. In the past few weeks, the foundation has begun supplying kits that include throw cushions and two life vests. Beacon Point Marine and Catalano and Sons said they will be adding the kits to every new boat they sell.

“The feedback we’ve had has been great,” Joe Fedorko said. “The vests we provide are perfectly fine for tubing as well as swimming. They’re lightweight and they’re easy to store.”

The Fedorkos want to take their water safety campaign nationally; the foundation is working with a Yamaha dealer in South Windsor to provide bags for their boat sales.

“Our board is our family,” Joe Fedorko said. “Our friends are our family and have kept us going through very strong through these tough times.”

Family friend Gary Dell’Abate has been a board member almost since the beginning.

“The group is still looking for direction,” Dell’Abate said. “We have some ideas, but we’re still trying to figure out where to go. When I saw Sen. Richard Blumenthal at the walk last year, he told us we had done great work. I told him, ‘You know we’re just seven people in the Fedorkos’ living room.’ It might seem like it’s a big group but what you see here is what you get.”

The educational component of the walk remains at its heart. More than 20 signs, each sponsored by a foundation supporter, will be posted throughout the route with educational questions about watersports, towing and other aspects of boating safety.

Music will be provided by local DJ Lucas Dell’Abate; food will be provided by the Chicken Joe’s truck and a raw bar set up by the Greenwich Shellfish Commission. Starting at 8:45 a.m. will be yoga instruction courtesy of Sportsplex and a face painting table for kids.

State Sen. L. Scott Frantz (R-36th) will deliver remarks to launch the event. Frantz was a major force behind the 2015 Emily’s Law, which makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 16 to operate a boat towing a rafter or water skier and requires any boat operator to complete a safety course on safe towing.

“Last year everything was new and we were kind of doing things by the seat of our pants,” Pamela Fedorko said. “This year, we knew what we wanted to change and we did that. Last year ran great despite the rain and we had so many positive responses, but we’re hoping this year will be even better.”

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