IRVINE — The Central Valley Boat, Sportsmen & RV Show will have a new owner and operator heading into its 40th year as Fred Hall Shows, Inc. recently announced it has purchased the Central California show dedicated to outdoor life. Fred Hall Shows, Inc. will begin operating the venture after the 39th annual event comes to a close on March 1.
This year’s final event will be held at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield Feb. 26-28 and will feature seven RV dealers displaying between 250 and 350 recreational vehicles for sale and one boat dealer occupying 8,000 square feet with a variety of vessels.
“We promote it as an outdoor living show,” said Mike Hatcher, who promotes the Central Valley Boat, Sportsmen & RV Show. “We’re not limited to fishing or boats or recreational vehicles. We also have barbecues, fire pits and off-road merchandise.”
The show is described as a “one-stop marketplace for outdoor fun.” Boats, skis, wakeboards, recreational vehicles, tent trailers, diesel pushers, motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, fishing equipment and other outdoor-themed products are showcased at the show. Attendees can also attend fishing seminars and contests, participate in the youth archery or super cruise car show events, and enjoy the DockDogs Challenge.
As many as 18,000 people, with interests in boating, fishing, skiing, off-roading, camping, hunting and sand sports, attend the annual event, according to Hatcher.
“Mike and Donna Hatcher have been running a great show in Kern County. We look forward to having them on board when we add the Bakersfield show to our Fred Hall Shows family of events,” said Duncan McIntosh of Fred Hall Shows, Inc.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (60 and older) and children 6 to 10; military and children under 5 are free. More information about the Central Valley Boat, Sportsmen & RV Show can be found online at calshows.com.
Kern County Fairgrounds is located at 1142 South P Street in Bakersfield.