Creative Contests Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Creative Contests Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Three Creative Contests Attract Great Talent and New Fans
to the 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

To build momentum leading up to the world’s largest in-water boat show, organizers of the 57th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show launched several contests designed to engage fans and invite new visions of what the show means to South Florida.

Guests arriving to the show will be welcomed through a new main entrance and will enjoy an ocean-inspired cover to the official show program, both designed by local artists. On Facebook, two lucky fans won free airfare and a hotel stay on Fort Lauderdale beach.

Arrive in Style
A spectacular, marine-themed entry arc at the show’s main entrance at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel will welcome attendees to this year’s show.

Designed and produced by Lighthouse Point, Fla. resident Emily Pinnell, the impressive 23-foot wide, 9-foot tall archway is constructed of steel, aluminum and composite material. Pinnell began the design process by projecting the image she created in large scale onto a wall, then tracing it onto cardboard to create a template. Aluminum pipe was then bent to form the intricate shapes that she welded together. The fabrication process involves TIG and MIG welding, grinding, and plasma cutting the metal inserts. From design to fabrication and installation, it took her about three months to complete.

Pinnell recently graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and sculpture and now plans to pursue a master’s degree. Before being selected to design and build the new archway for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show, she was selected to build her first large-scale outdoor sculpture, “Still Swimming,” on display at the new public Seaside Sculpture Park in Jacksonville Beach.

“The boat show archway was inspired by the South Florida sport fishing lifestyle,” said Pinnell. “All of my work is influenced by a lifetime of growing up along the coast.”

Get With the Program
South Florida fine artist, yacht chef and island explorer Danielle Perry was selected to design the cover of the 2016 official FLIBS show program. Perry’s luxury yachting experience, combined with her talent to capture detailed views of colorful, healthy, bountiful reefs and secluded tropical islands, adds an artful element to this helpful show resource.

Providing guests the information they need to make their time at FLIBS easy and enjoyable, the show program includes maps with exhibitor locations, alphabetized and categorized directories, seminar schedules, important information about transportation and parking, and much more.

In keeping with one of the themes for this year’s show, Perry’s design highlights reef conservation and the need to eliminate the non-native invasive lionfish, which has no natural predators and is wreaking havoc on tropical reefs, feeding voraciously on small fish, baby lobsters and other vital creatures.

In partnership with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, owners of FLIBS, Perry has chosen to donate the $2,500 prize money she was awarded for her design to the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, Fla.

Bring a Friend to FLIBS
There’s no better way to learn about the joy of boating than to experience it with a friend. In partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and, the show’s official travel partner, the show’s first ever travel contest, “Bring a Friend to FLIBS,” awarded one randomly selected lucky winner and a friend a trip to this year’s boat show.

The winner will receive domestic airfare for two to the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, a two-night hotel stay at the B Ocean Resort Fort Lauderdale, and tickets to the show. Contestants submitted their entry through the show’s official Facebook page,

“Finding new ways to engage people who love boating has been a win-win for everyone involved,” said Brett Keating, vice president of consumer marketing for Show Management. “We found talented partners with fresh, creative visions for the show’s main entrance and for the official show program, and we created lots of buzz and engagement on social media over the travel contest.”

The 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is set to take place November 3-7 at the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

The world’s largest in-water boat show, FLIBS covers seven locations with nearly 1,500 boats displayed across more than 3 million square feet of exhibit space. The show draws approximately 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries that display an amazing array of boats, marine products and accessories, from astonishing super-yachts, fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, to fishing gear, marine art, jewelry and more, all valued at more than $4 billion.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, managed and produced by Show Management and sponsored by Audi, Bank of America, Gosling’s, International Gamefish Association (IGFA), Smallwood’s Yachtwear, The Sun Sentinel and Taiwan Excellence.

Like the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on Facebook at, follow the show on Twitter at, connect on Instagram at, and tune into Boat Show TV at
Thursday, Nov. 3 (Prime Time Preview)
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 4
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 7
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Children (ages 6-15)
Children (under 6)
Prime Time Preview (Thursday, Nov. 5)
Two-Day Ticket
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