Boating season kicks off in Southeast Michigan at the Great Lakes Boating Festival

The 27th annual Great Lakes Boating Festival kicks off the 2015 boating season at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club May 15-17. This public event is free for all who want to experience a boat show and festival in a beautiful marina atmosphere in southeast Michigan.

With boats from 16- to 80-feet in length on land and in the water, buyers are sure to find what they’re looking for just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The exhibitor space is sold out with dealers coming from Wisconsin, Ohio and other surrounding states. Attendees are welcome to climb aboard! Also on display and for sale will be marine products & services, personal watercraft and water toys.

“The 2015 Boating Festival welcomes members and non-members to enjoy the beautiful and fun on-water experience the festival has to offer,” said Boat Show Manager Jim Morrow. “Non-boaters are encouraged to come discover the joys of the boating lifestyle.

Attendees will also find fun and entertainment at the festival, featuring Antique Cars, a Dossin Museum Display, an Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Display, Vintage Boats and more.

Enter raffles to win: a Boston Whaler donated by Colony Marine, Boston Whaler and Ray Laethem Motor Village; 2015 Cadillac ATS donated by Don Gooley Cadillac or a Rolex Watch donated by edmund t. AHEE jewelry.

The Great Lakes Boating Festival is located at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, 788 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236. Hours are Friday3 – 7pmSaturday12 – 7pm, and Sunday12 – 5pm. For more information visit greatleakesboatingfestival.com.

All proceeds from the show, raffles and Summer Breeze Kick-off Party on May 15 will benefit the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation (GPYNEF). The GPYNEF awards 10 $1,500 scholarships to high school graduates that participate in sailing. In addition to the education scholarships, the GPYNEF also awards six scholarships to inner city kids who participate in the Challenge the Wind Program introducing inner city youth to sailing and water safety; as well as provides funding to high school sailing programs and grants to young sailors who travel to compete in national level events.

The Great Lakes Boating Festival is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Grosse Pointe News, Sterling Insurance Group, Corporate Optics, Secure-24 and St. John Providence.

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