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Watersports & Travel Festival: Tentative Proposed Schedule of Events (Subject to Change)
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Water, Sports & Travel Festival:  April 26-28, 2013
Tentative Activity Schedule
(Subject to Change) 

PRE-SHOW ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
 
Monday April 22 – Wednesday April 24
  • Opportunities for pre and post events connected to the Festival.
  • Events to attract the media to Ft. Lauderdale are planned during the week prior to the Festival.

Thursday, April 25, 2013: Pre-Show Day

  • Activities offered by DEMA Member Exhibitors Promoted by DEMA including:
    • Equipment Demos – Boat operators can participate and receive promotional support as part of a Festival exhibit/sponsorship package
    • Dive Opportunities - Boat operators can participate and receive promotional support as part of a Festival exhibit/sponsorship package
    • Non-Diving Operators (golfing, boarding, boating, etc.)
    • Parade/Navy Seals/event
  • 8:00 p.m.: Exhibitor/Industry Party @ offsite Venue – Bahia Cabana – Socializing and Networking opportunity
DAILY FESTIVAL ATTRACTIONS:
  • Paint with “________” art center. Featured artists of the day (Rogest, Guy Harvey, Wyland, Etc).
  • Geocaching Maze, DiveCaching Activity Center
  • Product Demo Center including Product Demonstration Pool
  • Geocaching and DiveCaching Field Trips
  • Other Sports Activities
  • Permanent Center Stage (location TBD)
SHOW SCHEDULE:
 
Friday, April 26, 2013: Show Day
  • 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Dive Trips, Board Demos offered – Part of sponsorship package available to exhibitors
  • 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Exhibitor Welcome Reception
  • 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Festival open at Convention Center
  • 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Raffle Tickets Sold
  • 4:00 p.m.: Silent Auction Starts – to include exhibitors from each exhibit zone (board, travel, dive, etc)
  • 6:00 p.m.: Local Official Honored (goal would be to certify local official prior to event and push for declaration of event-affiliated month or week)
Saturday, April 27, 2013: Show Day
  • 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Diver Challenge/Event
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Festival open at Convention Center
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Exhibitor Product, Travel/Destination, Dive Training Seminars at Convention Center (including trade only travel seminars by CHTA or other group)
  • 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Raffle Tickets Sold
  • 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Military career fair/scholarship program for military training in the diving industry
  • 11:00 a.m.: Jean Michele Cousteau or other speaker/motivational or environmental program
  • 2:00 p.m.: Wounded Warriors Honored @ Center Stage
  • 2:30 p.m.: Raffle Winners Announced
  • 3:00 p.m.: Swimsuit Contest or Fashion Show at Center Stage
  • 3:30 p.m. : Gold Coast Grand Prix (Scooter Races) – Live Remote Feed to Center Stage Screen
  • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: Bistro @ the Bridge: Lionfish Cook-off, Music Mixer - Top Chef contest – includes consumers and exhibitors
  • 7:30: Raffle Winners Announced
  • 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.: Music Mixer
  • 10:30: Raffle Winners Announced
Sunday, April 28, 2013: Show Day
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Festival open at Convention Center
  • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Exhibitor Product, Travel/Destination, Dive Training Seminars at Convention Center
  • 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Raffle Tickets Sold
  • 1:30 p.m.: Awards from Scooter Races Announced at Center Stage
  • 3:00 p.m.: Silent Auction Closes
  • 3:00 p.m.: Top Prizes and Grand Prize Raffle Winners Announced
  • 5:00 p.m.: After Show Appreciation Party – Bahia Cabana

 

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