Boat show draws a crowd despite the rain

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The rain didn't stop some people from coming out for the last day of the 2014 Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show at Jones Park in Gulfport on Sunday.

When WLOX News spoke with Event Director Rob Lynch the first day of the show, he said he was anticipating 26,000 to 30,000 people.  Because of the scattered weekend rain, those numbers weren't quite met.

"We've had challenges, obviously the weather. Unfortunately, we rely on so many people from outside the market to come to this show. We market it that way, that it really hurt the attendance this year of the show. We're probably down about two-thirds of what we normally do," Lynch said.

Despite the weather, they were still able to pull a pretty big crowd. Even some people from out of town came out to the show.

"We've actually had some people make it from Atlanta, GA. We've had them make it. I mean, there's has been challenges, obviously. We've gotten those people from out of the area, but we just haven't gotten as many as we should have," said Lynch.

Even with the rain, Lynch says this has been a great show with a lot to offer.

"It was the best of all that the marine world has to offer, boats from 14 up to 70 feet. We had engines, high performance engines, commercial engines, out boards, in boards, transmissions," Lynch said.

He even granted us a sneak peek of what to expect at next year's show.

"Well, I will say one thing that's coming next year that's going to be actually debuted at the show, is what's called a hover board. It's the latest and greatest thing. They're finishing some tests on it right now, and the first public viewing of it will be right here in Gulfport," said Lynch.

Sounds like a show you don't want to miss, rain or shine.

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