Some Kansas City-area residents will view the Kansas City Boat and Sportshow from a different vantage point this year.
They will be able to look down on the show from a zipline.
The activity, usually reserved for the outdoors, will move indoors at Bartle Hall this weekend.
Participants will step off a three-story platform and zip down a wire more than 200 feet across the show. Shades of the Sportshow’s storied past, when stage shows included some high-flying routines.
But that won’t be the only new wrinkle at the Boat and Sportshow, which opens Thursday and continues through Sunday.
- Visitors will get a view of boating’s past when they view a display of antique and classic boats.
- The Food Truck Mafia will serve up taste treats every day of the show. Different trucks will be featured daily
- Drew Benton, the Bassmaster Elite Series rookie of the year, will be the featured speaker, giving talks at 7:30 p.m. Friday: 12:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday; and 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
- Other seminars on everything from bass fishing – including talks by Ned Kehde, who has popularized the finesse fishing craze — to boating to bowfishing will be included.
- Bassmaster standout Mike McClelland will greet the public from the Cabela’s booth from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The show also will feature a fishing simulator, the Progressive Insurance Boat School and the Willow Creek Trout Pond for kids. The latest in boats, fishing tackle, hunting equipment, and travel destinations will be on display.
Show hours will be 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets will cost $12 for adults, with youths 15 and under admitted free.