Ray Fogg, Westside Steve and Pat Sheppard, names synonymous with the good times of summer in Put-in-Bay, will headline the musical entertainment on opening night, January 17, at the Progressive Cleveland Boat Show.

     In recent years, Put-in-Bay has been the first night’s focus in the aptly named section of the boat show. “It’s a mid-winter party at the boat show just as it is all summer long in our Lake Erie Islands,” notes Eric Booker, owner of the popular Boardwalk. “We expect the Put-in-Bay section, which features other displays from the Island, will be rocking with boaters listening to familiar songs while sipping our trademark Boardwalk Lobster Bisque which we bring to the show from ‘the bay’ fresh every day.”

     Fogg records for Sweetwater Records and has entertained thousands over 22 years at “the bay” on South Bass Island. In fact, each year Fogg presides over the official opening and closing of the tourist season annually held in the island’s famous Round House.

    Westside Steve has been dubbed the Island’s Ambassador because of his many TV appearances promoting Put-in-Bay. And he doesn’t just do it in Ohio. During the spring and fall, Steve is promoting Put-in-Bay while he’s entertaining on another island, Key West, Florida. There he can be found at popular Rick’s Bar, while during the summer he’s making music at the Crescent’s Patio Bar.

     Joining Fogg and Steve will be another regular at “the bay,” Pat Shepard. He can be found entertaining in the popular Frosty’s Bar. With his original songs, he says his hope is “most of the people can identify with and have experienced the stuff I am singing about.” He holds that a good performer can’t just play the guitar and sing. “People come to have fun and that’s what I bring to the table every chance I get to play.”

     This year’s boat show runs for five days, Thursday-Monday, January 17-21. In addition to Put-in-Bay Night, other special days being initiated this year will include Kelley’s Island Sunday Fun Day (Jan. 20) and Monday Kids Day (Martin Luther King holiday – Jan. 21) with a long list of hands-on activities and attractions from face painters and balloon artists to casting challenges and a new Twiggy the water skiing squirrel show.  

Surrounding it all will be more 400 boats ranging from paddleboards to 45-foot-plus motor yachts, plus more than 100 marine equipment, accessories, brokerage and service displays. For anglers, there is the special “Fish NOW Expo” pavilion featuring daily seminars from atop the Berkley 5000-gallon Aquarium.

The show schedule for 2019 is: Put-in-Bay Night, Thursday (1/17) 12 Noon to 9 pm; Friday (1/18) Noon to 9 pm; Saturday (1/19) 10 am to 9 pm; Kelley’s Island Sunday Fun Day (1/20) 10 am to 6 pm; Monday Kids Day (1/21) 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $14 Adults; $12 Seniors 60+; Children 12 and under free.

For the latest show details, go to: www.clevelandboatshow.com

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