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NMMA sells four fishing and boating shows to Lost Paddle


The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has sold four of its fishing, boating and outdoor-related shows.

Lost Paddle Media, a North Carolina company and owner of The Big Gear Show, has announced the acquisition of the Kansas City Boat and Sportshow, Chicagoland Fishing Travel & Outdoor Expo, New York’s World Fishing & Outdoor Expo and the Saltwater Fishing Expo.

“These four shows are leading events in their markets,” said Sutton Bacon, CEO of Lost Paddle. The entire spectrum of outdoor sports has seen significant growth this past year. Investing in the fishing industry synchronises well with our background in the paddling, cycling, climbing and camping markets.” The shows will be headed by Tod Alberto, former Show Manager at the NMMA. He successfully managed the Chicagoland, World Fishing and Saltwater events.

“I am very excited to continue producing these three great shows and to add the Kansas event too,” said Alberto. “The passionate anglers and outdoor enthusiasts in these markets look forward to our annual events and the opportunity to buy the latest and greatest gear and boats. Featuring incredible attendances, these shows offer a great opportunity for attendees to research manufacturers, buy gear from local, independent dealers, book travel across the globe and learn from top fishing pros – all under one roof.”

Darren Envall, VP of Midwest Shows for NMMA, said: “We are confident the experienced team at Lost Paddle will produce successful shows and we look forward to seeing the continued excitement around these outdoor events, which are staple in their respective communities for the outdoor industries and enthusiasts.”

After consulting with exhibitors, venue and health officials and in the current conditions, the upcoming 2021 Kansas City and Chicagoland shows have been cancelled. The next Kansas show will take place from February 10 to 13 in 2022 and the Chicagoland show from January 27 to 30, 2022.

Decisions regarding the 2021 New York and New Jersey shows will be announced soon.

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