GROVE - Preparations are underway for the 23rd Annual Grand Lake Boat and Sport Show to be held March 5-8 at the Grove Civic Center, located at 1720 South Main (Highway 59) in Grove.

Once again the show will kick off with VIP Night – which includes a first look at all the new boats and items from various exhibitors and a nice array of food items – on Thursday night from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays hours will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grand Lake Association Executive Director Jay Cranke says shifting VIP Night to Thursday last year was very well received by the boat dealers and exhibtors that participated in the 2019 show.

“The Tulsa Boat Show opens with VIP Night and it has been a success for years,” Cranke said. “We thought we would give it a try and everyone seemed to like the change.”

Thursday night VIP tickets are $15 each and are available for purchase at the Grand Lake Association office, located at 9630 US Highway 59 North in Grove.

“Our main mission for this show is to help our local boat dealers make sales and everyone indicated last year’s show was one of the best in recent years, so something we are doing is working,” Cranke said.

Cranke said inside concessions will once again be provided by Blazin B’s BBQ beginning Friday. On Saturday, free balloons for the kids will be available from 12 to 3 p.m. and the Grove Cheerleaders will be doing free face painting from 2 to 5 p.m.

Admission is $5 a day. Admission on Friday, March 6, will be free for military and those 65 years old and older.

For general information about the show and a list of exhibitors, visit GrandLakeBoatShow.com or call the GLA office at 918-786-2289.