Features at a Glance

Thank you for visiting! The 2017 Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® is now over. 

We hope you had a chance to see the show and enjoyed the many features and attractions such as the Becky Thatcher Trout Pond,  Jake Event and Fred's Shed Interactive Learning Center. 

Plans for 2018 are already underway. We hope to bring back many of these exciting features… and more. Be sure to check back with us to see what 2018 will bring! 

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Progressive® Insurance Flo-Motion

Fishing Simulator

If you’ve dreamed of sharing your love of the water with Progressive’s always happy-to-help sales clerk, Flo, you can do just that at this year’s show. Stop by to climb aboard a boat set—complete with plenty of fun props— and snap a photo with a virtual Flo to share with your friends and family.

You can also:

  • Kick back, relax and give your feet a rest in the Progressive Lounge
  • Play games and win fun prizes
  • Reel in a “big one” on the fishing simulator
  • Get answers to your insurance questions and chat with Progressive Insurance experts

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Catch-and-Release Trout Pond

FREE Fishing for Kids

There's no limit to the fun! Catch-and-release fishing pond is a great way to introduce youngsters to the sport of fishing. Be sure to bring your camera to capture the moment when your little angler reels in a big one! Free for kids 12 and younger.

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FlyWire Zip Line

Experience a Popular Outdoor Activity Inside!

Experience high-flying excitement at this year’s show! If you’ve ever wanted to try ziplining, this is your chance. Imagine the sensation of stepping off a three-story platform and soaring more than 200 feet across the show at up to 20 miles per hour. Whether you’re a dedicated thrill seeker or normally avoid even the carousel at theme parks, it’s the ultimate rush—and an experience you won’t soon forget.

The zipline will open up one hour after the show opens, with the last ride occuring one hour before the show closes each day. 

Suitable for most ages. Weight restrictions apply.

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Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center

FREE Boat Maintenance & Repair Seminars

If you’re interested in learning what it takes to maintain, repair or upgrade your boat or engine, head to Fred’s Shed for practical, professional advice. Free seminars cover a variety of topics, include demonstrations of techniques and tools on boat and motor cutaways, and end with question/answer sessions. Come with your questions and projects to discuss, and leave with the know-how, confidence and inspiration to do it yourself.

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Kids Archery & BB Gun Range

Presented by The National Wild Turkey Foundation and St. Louis Longbeards - Saturday & Sunday ONLY

Young outdoor enthusiasts can take aim and test their marksmanship on a BB Gun Range or try archery at a 3-D Archery Range and learn about the importance of safety and stewardship while having fun in the great outdoors.

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Marine Electronics University

Sponsored by Lowrance and Tri-State Trolling Motor

Explore the latest in marine electronics technology from Lowrance! Learn by doing in a hands-on workshop using Lowrance HDS GEN3 Touch units. Sessions will cover all the basics and more—with instruction on everything from routine setup and product use to news about leading technologies such as CHIRP sonar and Insight Genesis Mapping. You’ll also hear about newly released products

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Paddle Sports Pool

Free paddle sport demos!

In search of a new way to enjoy the water, spend time outdoors or energize your exercise routine? Head to the Paddle Sports Pool to experience the fun of stand up paddle boarding, kayaking and other paddle sports. We’ll provide all the gear and instruction you need to take a demo ride—no experience needed.

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Pirate Island

Climb Aboard!

Join Captain Tim and his crew of pirate scallywags for a "high seas adventure"—climb aboard a pirate ship, sing pirate sea shanties, and skirmish with swords. Be sure to take photos as a souvenir of your pirate adventure.

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Seminar Stage

Fishing Tips from Top Pros!

Learn about the latest boating and fishing techniques from the experts.                

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Texas Bass Tank

Casting Demos & Fishing Tips

Get a whole new perspective on fishing—from the viewpoint of the fish! This 12-foot tall, 40-foot long mobile glass aquarium is stocked with native fish so you can watch fish react to and even strike different lures during professional casting demonstrations held daily throughout the show!


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