Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Progressive Nashville Boat and Sportshow

5 years, 1 month.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

Dear Jack,

I have lived in Nashville for over a decade now and didn’t even realize we had a boat show here. But sure enough, because of my blog, I was provided complimentary tickets for our family to attend the 2016 Progressive Nashville Boat and Sportshow, so we did.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

My agenda the whole time was to simply follow you around with a camera, as would demonstrate what kind of fun a 5 year-old boy could have there, so I did.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

One of the places you spent a good amount of time was the Drake’s Creek Marina exhibit. You loved being able to explore boats, as well as yachts.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

As long as your shoes were removed, you could go explore each one.

We began to explore beyond the boats and a man making balloon animals was the first to catch your attention. He was with the Nashville Boat Club. You smiled as he made you a “white dog” by your request.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

You also really enjoyed being able to go fishing. There was this big tank full of real fish and you were given a fishing pole with real bait on it.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

It just so happened that you were one of the few kids there who, within just a couple of minutes, had a fish bite. We quickly pulled the fish out of the water together.

You were so happy. That made the first time you had ever caught a fish; you’ve always been intrigued by the concept of fishing.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

Thanks to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, there also was an area where you got to shoot a bow and arrow towards a floating ball. You liked that a lot!

From there, we stepped inside a trailer that featured the skins of forest animals; like a fox and a wolf. That really impressed you.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

The place was packed. Here I had no idea the Progressive Nashville Boat and Sportshow even existed, and yet all these other families already knew, since they walked among us.

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

I have a feeling our family will be going back next year!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: We Visited the 2016 Nashville Boat Show

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