CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – Hundreds of people attended the Cleveland Boat Show Saturday morning at the IX-Center, ready to experience the return of Ohio’s oldest and largest boating and fishing exhibit. .
Although COVID shut down the 2021 show, organizers said boat sales were up and setting records during the pandemic.
Gov. Mike DeWine stopped by to take a tour and said it was the perfect place to get excited for the upcoming season.
“During COVID, some of the safest places were on our waters and our state parks and we saw people rediscover Ohio from Lake Erie to the Ohio River and everything in between,” DeWine said.
The governor spoke with some business owners, including Mike Moes of Vermillion Yacht Sales, who thanked him for his support during the pandemic.
“We certainly greatly appreciate all of your efforts over the past two years to keep us going,” Moes told DeWine. “I know many will tell you this, but you have to hear it 10 times.”
Moes said he was happy with the return and the opportunity to perform.
“We’ve been busy from day one of the show,” he said. “We’ve seen people get on and off, see our boats for the first time, watch, have all the other experiences they have at the boat show. Everyone was really happy.
The Cleveland Boat Show is in town through Sunday; Click here for more information.
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