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Visit outdoors expo free on Friday

Posted Feb 29, 2012 by Janine Dorsey

Updated Feb 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

The Tampa Tribune Outdoors Expo & Boat Show hosted by Frank Sargeant celebrates its 21st year with some new additions to its mix of shopping, presentations, outdoor experts, demonstrations, activities and family entertainment.

The Expo boasts 140,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space plus outdoor display areas and several lakes.  This year will include dozens of boat dealers, and for the first time, a huge selection of personal watercraft, ATV’s, motorcycles and scooters.  Also for the first time ever, there will be a stage devoted exclusively to boating concerns – from building a boat, to financing a boat, to servicing a boat.

Admission to the Expo is free for everyone on Friday, March 2.  Admission for ages 13-and-up is only $8.00 on Saturday and Sunday.  Parking at the Fairgrounds is $5.

Show hours are 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

The State Fairgrounds are located east of Tampa near the junction of I-4 and I-75.

For more information and show schedule, visit

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