Famous Water-Skiing Squirrel cruises into St. Louis for the first time at the 2019 Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® Feb. 7-10

12/13/2018 12:00:00 AM

ST. LOUIS (December 13) — For the first time, attendees to the 2019 Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® have the chance to see up close the tricks of the world’s only water-skiing squirrel, Twiggy, as she cruises into the America's Center & The Dome Feb. 7-10. 

Wearing a custom lifejacket, Twiggy is a one-of-a-kind squirrel, water-skiing behind a radio-controlled boat around a custom-made heated pool. With appearances on the Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, CNN, Good Morning America and in hit movies including Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy, Twiggy is sure to entertain show goers of all ages. See Twiggy in action here.

“Twiggy is a crowd favorite, and we are thrilled to welcome her to St. Louis for the first time,” said Becca Doyle, administrator for the show. “We’ve seen Twiggy’s performance in other markets and know show attendees will be in awe of her tricks. She’s the perfect addition to a jam-packed 2019 show, filled with hundreds of boats to shop, marine accessories for sale and fun for all ages.”

More About Twiggy

The original Twiggy was a baby squirrel that was adopted by Chuck and Lou Ann Best in 1978 after she was separated from her nest during a hurricane. Somewhere along the way, the Bests taught Twiggy how to water-ski, and she became a traveling sensation at various attractions.

Other things you may not know about Twiggy:

Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel is one of many family-friendly exhibits that make the Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® the ideal place to beat the winter blues with four days of summer fun. Additional highlights of the 2019 show include:

  • Paddle Sports Pool, where attendees can get their feet wet attending demos and testing out a new Hobie or Jackson Kayak. Seminar and open paddle times will be posted on-site. 
  • Pirate Island, where kids can climb aboard a pirate ship, sing pirate sea shanties, and skirmish with swords with Captain Tim and his crew of pirate scallywags for a "high seas adventure."
  • The Hawg Trough, a 5,000-gallon, fully stocked fishing demo tank with seminars from pro anglers.
  • Catch-and-Release Trout Pond, where little ones can practice their angling skills for free, reeling in live trout.
  • Progressive®Boat Club, featuring educational seminars, a virtual boating simulator and remote control pond to help sharpen boating skills – great for all ages! In partnership with the Annapolis School of Seamanship.
The 2019 Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat and Sportshow takes place at America’s Center and The Dome:
  • Thursday, Feb 7, 2-9p.m.
  • Friday, Feb 8, Noon-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb 9, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, and children under 12 are free.

For more information on show dealers and exhibits or to purchase tickets, visit Follow The Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® on social media at @STLBoatShow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or using #STLBoatShow.

To schedule an interview with show officials, contact Robb Yagmin at   

About The Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow®

The Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow®is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat and sportshows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle. For more information, visit

To learn more about Progressive Boat Insurance, which insures more than one million watercraft, please visit or contact Julie Kolencik at, (440) 395-2019.

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