A winter boat show will return to Southern Illinois next year with the development of the new Southern Illinois Boat & Fishing show slated for the first weekend in February.
The Williamson County Tourism Bureau, in partnership with the Youth Outdoor Education Foundation, will sponsor the event at the Williamson County Pavilion behind the Illinois Centre Mall in Marion.
“It’s been a few years since we had a show like this in the region,” said Jon Musgrave, the new executive director of the Williamson County Tourism Bureau. “Last week the tourism board approved a pitch from the foundation to co-sponsor the show.”
The board approved the proposal at their Nov. 15 meeting and organizers finalized the exact dates this week.
“This is going to be a hard-core boat and fishing show for the sportsmen of Southern Illinois and families,” promised organizer Ron Allen with the education foundation.
The show will be open to the public with free admission.
Tentative hours are set for 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 4.
Interested vendors can contact Allen by phone at 217-787-8862 or 217-725-7602, or by e-mail at email@example.com. Interested persons can also contact Musgrave at the Williamson County Tourism Bureau at 618-997-3690 or firstname.lastname@example.org.