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Last cast from the Boat Show

Here are a few takeaways from this weekend’s big KNOE Boat Show in Monroe:

The Atkins' of Downsville stopped by to look at the old map of D'Arbonne

The Atkinses of Downsville stopped by to look at the old map of D’Arbonne

1) I was amazed at the number of folks who came up to the lakedarbonnelife.com display and, when I handed them a card with our web address, they’d say, “Oh yeah…we live up in Farmerville” or “we live up on D’Arbonne” or “my parents/brother/sister/ etc…. live on the lake”. A good showing for the Union Parish folks! It just re-emphasizes how important the lake is to our area. Overall, we handed out nearly 2,500 cards and hope we pick up a lot of new readers! We do our best to make it worth your effort!

2) Lake D’Arbonne State Park is a great resource for our area and the interest it gathered at the show could make it even busier this summer. Lots of folks took maps and pamphlets about the State Park and got their questions answered by Jon Witherington, Interpretive Ranger at the park. We were in booths side by side at the show.

2) The main thrust of the show as Boats and RV’s, but there was no doubt what the biggest draw was this year early in the show  — guns and ammo.  Friday, an hour before the first day of the show opened, there were 200-300 people lined up outside waiting to get in.  The main selling item: ammo.  One of the dealers I talked to said they sold out of ammo at every show and would sell more, but they can’t get it. The gun & knife show is part of the big show, and it is growing bigger every year.

3) Boat and RV dealers said they had a pretty good show. Most dealers sold boats and that’s what got the show started 25 years ago and really keeps it going now. There were sure some beautiful rigs there!

4) Baseball great Yogi Berra was famous for his quotes, like “Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical.” So, using Yogi math, here’s how I sum up the show:  40 percent of the people were there for the gun & knife show; 40 percent were there for boats and fishing gear; 10 percent were there to look for RV’s and the other half were there because the weather’s been nasty and it was time to get out of the cabin!

PS – thanks to everyone who signed up for the two free nights at Tree Top Lodge on the lake. We will draw a winner and report that to you as soon as we soak our feet in salt water from standing up for three days and get everything unpacked. And by the way, special thanks to my fishing buddy George, my son-in-law Andy and my wife, DiAnne, for helping me work out booth at the show. It made it extra fun and got me off the concrete floor for a while!

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