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2002 Houston Boat Show Kicks off the New Year
By Patty Schaefer

The halls were buzzing with people and goods, the air was filled with the aroma's of specialty foods at the 47th annual Houston Boat Sport and Travel show. The show was filled with the hustle and bustle of over 100,000 people - vendors and consumers alike - who were ready to start the year off with fresh possibilities. The Houston show marks the "kick off" of many shows throughout the nation where business owners have the opportunity to make new aquaintances and check in with old ones.

Just about anything you might think of could be found at the show. There were guide trips for fishing or hunting, clothing of all kinds, jewelry, knives, frames, crafts, fishing accessories, information on many "hot spots" throughout the Nation, Canada, and the World. Many booths offered specialty food items such as roasted candied nuts, jerky's, candies, dried fruits and so much more. The largest collection of boats from yachts and houseboats to kayaks and canoes could be found as well as a huge selection of motors, navigational units, and any accessory you might think of or need.

Many RV manufacturers and dealers were there showing their wares. Whether it was freshwater, saltwater, feathers or fur that perked your interest there was something there for you at the show. There was a fish tank with speckled trout for the kids and seminars to show you the latest in fishing products and techniques.

Among the vast aisles of represented businesses, many people from around our lakes area were there to shake hands with the visitors to the show. Bob Sealy and crew from the McDonald's tournaments, the gang from Bass Haven Resort on Toledo Bend, brand new owners from Shady Oak Lodge, Lake Area Guide Services, and the Staff of the Lakecaster were there to say hi at the show January 4 - 13, 2002.

This year marked the last time the Houston Boat show will be held at the Astro Hall/Arena facility. Upon driving in was the skeletal start of the brand new structure that will be holding the show in Houston beginning next year. We will all be looking forward to new beginnings there.

Thank you for all who came to the show and visited the LakeCaster booth. It was nice visiting with each and every one, new friends and old ones alike. We'll be looking forward to seeing you here in the Sam Rayburn / Toledo Bend lake area and hope you enjoy all the new beginnings and renovations happening here.

Nicole Sealy and Keiana Morgan promote Sealy Outdoors McBass events

Bass Haven Resort Team promoting Toldeo Bend
< photos by Patty Schaefer>

The new owners of Shady Oaks Lodge

Field Editor Stephanie Wilkerson at Lakecaster Booth

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