Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - When thousands of people from across the Midwest and Canada travel to the DECC for the latest in camping gear and summer getaways, the Duluth Boat, Sports, Travel and RV show better be ready for the demand.
It's where over 200 vendors aim to give expert advice on everything from fishing equipment to motorcycles, and, of course, boats.
"It kicks off our selling season," said Stan Glumac, of RJ Sport & Cycle. "We sell a lot of boats at this show, and it's just a great time to get everybody out. Everybody's got cabin fever, and it's a good time to get people thinking about spring."
The five–day event is paired with the Northland Outdoors Duluth Deer Classic for the fifth year in a row.
That's what brings State Chapter Coordinator Becca Kent, of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, to spread the word about a sport that injects half a billion dollars into the state's economy every year.
"We're standing strong at 16,000 members, and we're growing each day," said Kent. "It's really exciting to be a part of something where you can make an impact in the state that you love, and the state that you hunt in."
Those who make their way to the DECC between now until Sunday are hoping to score the best deals for the summer season. That translates to an average of $25 million spent at the event, and throughout the region, "when you take all the hotels... meals, and all the other things that happen," said the Boat Show's Floor Manager Ron It can exceed those numbers, obviously, and it has in previous years."
Entertainment is also a big part of the next five days.
NBC Sing–Off stars, and a'cappella group Street Corner Symphony will also take the main stage throughout the week.
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