"In my flippy-floppies!" Not really. But I'm gonna be, and so can you!
I'm giving away TWO FREE TICKETS to the Atlantic City Boat Show that runs February 6-10.
Yup. Pinky swear.
I got an email from a nice lady who asked me if I wanted to give away some tickets to the show on my blog. At first I was all, "Wait, is this more spam?" Then after some research and emails back and forth, I figured out it's totally legit. I'm gonna get a fancy schmancy media pass and two of you lucky folks get FREE TICKETS to the show. We can totally take our picture together if you find me while we're there. That'd be rad. For me, anyway.
I know you're thinking, "I'm broke. I can't afford floaties for my kids let alone a friggin' boat. Why would I want to go to a boat show?" Well, as it turns out, they have ALL kinds of fun stuff for you and the kiddies to do, aside from buying a boat. Details are at the bottom of this post in the handy-dandy, most informative press release, but you can read more here too: AC Boat Show. It's not mentioned in the press release, but there is a Meet and Greet with Patrick Star. My kids are gonna lose. their. minds.
Oh, and kids under 15 are f-r-e-e: FREE.
So, how do you win tickets? Well, that part is completely up to me, so let's do something fun, shall we? In order to be considered for tickets, you have to answer a question. If you're right, I'll put your name in a hat and let my kids pick the winner. We do things old school around here. Don't hate. Here's the question. It's super easy and indirectly related to Atlantic City. You ready? Here goes:
In Monopoly, what's the prize for winning 2nd place in a beauty contest?
Email me your answer by noon (12:00 pm EST) tomorrow (January 19) at firstname.lastname@example.org. No, I won't add you to a list to get a bunch of crappy emails every week, and I won't be giving your email address to any third party or some shit. Promise. Be sure to include your name so I know what the hell to write on the little piece of paper for the hat. If I pick your name, I'll announce it on my blog and email you back to get some more info from you. I won't be asking for your Social Security Number or first born. It's cool.
Oh, and here are some bits and pieces from the press release:
The jaw-dropping Swampmaster Gator Show: Visitors with a wild side can watch as the amazing expert alligator handler Jeff Quattrocchi catches an 8 ft., 200 lb. alligator at the thrilling, fun and educational Swampmaster Gator Show. Those brave enough to hold a baby gator can have their photo taken!
Special Appearance by Captain Dave Marciano from National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna: Visitors can meet Captain Dave Marciano from National Geographic’s Wicked Tuna, who is Captain and owner of Hard Merchandise, a fishing boat that is the embodiment of the bluefin fishing industry in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Kids’ Create-a-Boat and Paddleboat Pool: Kids can take the helm at the show, with opportunities to splash around the Paddleboat Pool; and build a nautical masterpiece— a one- of-a-kind vessel using pieces of wood, a little glue, and a lot of imagination at the Kids’ Create-a- Boat.
Go Fast! Miss GEICO and the P1 28SS Panther Race Boat: Visitors can catch a glimpse of these speedsters while they take a break from setting records and winning championships. The P1 Panther Race Boat is 28 ft. long and reaches speeds of 70 mph while on the water. Miss GEICO is a neon green catamaran missile powered by twin turbine engines that has splashed onto the racing scene and proceeded to demolish record after record and awe those unfortunate enough to race against her.
Enter to Win Big: One lucky show-goer will go home a boat owner by winning a 2013 Sea Hunt 202 Triton Boat powered by Yamaha F115XA outboard engine including a Load Rite Roller Trailer (valued at $41,000!). This prize is compliments of NJ Outboards of Bayville, NJ. Visitors can enter at space C3 or in the Lobby of the show.
Become a better boater. Hands-on Boating Instruction and On-the-Water Experiences:
Those looking to build their skills in the offseason can do so with hundreds of hours of daily, free seminars, on-the-water learning activities, and advanced courses for experienced boaters. Visit the Show website for a complete schedule of educational offerings.
Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center: Visitors will watch, learn and do at Fred’s Shed, where certified marine technicians with more than 50 years of experience provide practical advice for maintaining boats and motors. Free daily demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on clinics make Fred’s Shed a great boating resource, covering topics like keeping your boat “ship shape,” installing electronics and maintaining gas engines.
Welcome to the Water Center: Beginner boaters can stop by the Welcome to the Water Center for straightforward answers to their boating questions and advice on finding a boat that best fits their lifestyle and budget. Daily seminars include boat operation, boat financing, flotation devices, boating knots, navigational rules. The Boating on a Budget section will showcase boats available for less than $250 per month.
Improve skills at the helm – Power Boat Docking Challenge: Visitors ages 16 and up can test their navigational skills in this exciting remote-controlled boat docking experience. Novice and experienced boaters alike will use a full size boat helm, racing against the clock while steering their craft down a 20 ft. “lake.”
Discover Saltwater Fishing Series: Visitors can catch the latest fishing tips and techniques from expert anglers at the Discover Saltwater Fishing Series, produced by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA).
Premier Boating Workshops: Early risers are rewarded with three-hour interactive workshops offered by the Annapolis School of Seamanship on Friday-Sunday mornings before the show opens. The workshop fee (TBD) includes two tickets to the e show, take-away instructional items, a $25 gift certificate for classes at the Annapolis School of Seamanship, and the three-hour workshop. Topics include diesel fuel systems, docking, electronic navigation and marine corrosion.
Daily Boating Education Sessions, Hands-on Demos: Top local professionals from the Annapolis School of Seamanship will host informative and entertaining daily sessions that provide tips on modern navigation, handling onboard emergencies, getting a captain’s license, sailing and choosing the right boat.