This weekend, the 2016 Biloxi Boat Show at the Coast Coliseum will offer peeks at the latest models of boats and RVs as part of a full weekend of water-related seminars.
Melissa Miller, show manager, said the show not only will display the newest watercraft models, but also accessories and options for financing and insurance. Dozens of manufacturers, from Aluma Craft to XCursion, will be showing off their best and brightest, as will kayak and canoe brands and RVs.
Miller said it's an opportunity for the buyers to see the new models, and a time for dealers to offer bargains before the season begins.
There will be a variety of educational programs for children. Throughout the weekend, USM's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory will offer interactive programs such as trawling demonstrations. Children who complete a series of activities will be entered into a raffle for free admission to a summer camp. There will be daily kayaking demonstrations at a pool, and the state Department of Marine Resources will offer marine safety and artificial reef information.
Miller said a show not to be missed will be the performance of four trained Labrador retrievers who are returning for the Fetch-N-Fish Dog Show. The Labradors perform diving and retrieving in a 3,000-gallon aquarium. The shows will be at 5 and 7 p.m. Friday; at 1, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday; and at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday.
"This is something fun everyone can relate to. They are the funnest thing in the room," Miller said. "Who doesn't love a dog?"
A series of seminars will offer tips on regional areas and catching local species. At 6 p.m. Friday, Captain John Falterman will speak on "Speckled Trout, Lake Pontchartrain Style."
Saturday's seminars will be "Flounder After Dark" with Captain Ronnie Daniels and Samuel Clardy at 11:30 a.m., "A Beginner's Guide to Saltwater Fly Fishing" with the Fly Fishing Club at 2 p.m., and "Stick, Move and Communicate in the Biloxi Marsh" with Falterman at 7 p.m.
Sunday's seminars will be "Rigs, Tips and Tactics" with Captain Brooks Levy at noon and "Ask the Captains" with area inshore guides at 2 p.m.
A tournament awards ceremony will be Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Hours are Friday noon-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission is $8, free to ages 12 and younger with an adult. Tickets are available at the door or at www.Gulfcoastshows.com.