Lavonia Boat Expo slated for Saturday from 10-4

The Lavonia Chamber of Commerce is trying something new to kick off the 2019 spring and summer season. The chamber is hosting a boat expo tomorrow and hopes this will be just the first of a new annual event.

LaDonna Andrews, first vice president of the Lavonia Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber is very excited about the boat expo.

This is one of the most exciting events we’re hosting to kick off the 2019 year here in Lavonia. The Lavonia Chamber of Commerce is excited beyond words to host this event, along with our local businesses and boat dealers and tourism committee. We have decided to have a Lavonia Boat Expo in downtown Lavonia on March 16. This is scheduled from 4-6 p.m.,” said Andrews.

Andrews said Lavonia made a perfect location for this type of event with the number of lakes in the area and all that Lavonia has to offer.

Well, I can’t think of a better way to start off the spring and summer season. We’re close to Lake Hartwell. We have a lot of families that own homes here. We have wonderful downtown businesses that are open year-round that we wanted to showcase along with the restaurants that we’ve invited to participate in this event on this particular Saturday. And, it’s fun. Where can you find free fun adventures on a Saturday?” asked Andrews.

The event features two area boat dealers, but new boats are not the only attraction, said Andrews.

One of the other exciting things we’re going to do is the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Antique Boat Society is going to be participating with some eight antique boats, so we’ll have those on hand as well as some exhibitors. We’re talking about the Tugaloo State Park DNR, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, we’ll have Cody Tomlinson, who is an expert fisherman that’s sponsored through Duckett Fishing on hand. We’ve got some local vendors on hand that will be offering free items as well as some vendors offering items for sale such as boating bags, hats,” said Andrews.

Some of the boats that will be on hand include a Scarab jet boat, bass boats, pontoon boats, a Key Largo center console boat, runabouts and hydro mites.

Not everything will be outdoors, however. Andrews also said the event will feature an art show as well.

One of the more exciting things for me, through Sweet Combs of Honey, is we are having, through the chamber of commerce, a nature art exhibit inside the chamber office. A lot of our local artists have designed and created these wonderful art exhibits, whether it’s painting, watercolors, woodcraft. We’ll have items there not only to walk in and admire but also to purchase,” said Andrews.

For more information, email the chamber at [email protected] or call 706-356-8202.