Boat show draws huge crowd to Bell County Expo Center

Photo by Tianna Jenkins

The Central Texas Boat Show is taking over the Bell County Expo Center and bringing in people from all over.

It kicked off Friday and has been going strong for 42 years.

The boat and outdoor show are brought in boat dealers from all over Central Texas all weekend long.

Organizers said Saturday afternoon they already had 1,500 people show up and they are expecting more to come on Sunday.

People got a chance to see some neat boats, explore outdoor exhibits and of course, see what boating and fishing is all about.

Tournaments are also going on including the Tuff Man tournament.

A prize of $10,000 is on the line for first place.

One of the directors Rick Smith says the boating show isn't just all fun and games, but also a learning lesson.

"We want to do everything we can do to promote safe boating, family boating and getting people outdoors, Smith said.

"We're big into conservation making sure that we take good care of our environment and our natural resources."

Smith says the boat show is also children friendly.

They encourage everyone to come out and have fun.

It will be open on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bell County Expo Center.