It’s full steam ahead for boat show

Sail away to the annual Everett Boat Show, hosted by the Northwest Marine Trade Association through Sunday at the Everett Events Center.

Boat lovers can peruse 100,000 square feet filled with family boats for fishing, cruising and water skiing from more than 50 different vendors.

Children can watch the Racing Ducks compete against their peers each day during the show. The racing ducks recently attended the Great American Duck Race in New Mexico. During the activity, a few showgoers will be picked from the crowd for each heat and paired with a webbed-foot racer.

“The racing ducks are a lot of fun for families to see,” said George Harris, boat show director. “It’s a fun activity for kids to watch and some may be lucky enough to be picked out of the crowd to help the ducks along.”

Free child care services are offered to families with young children on Saturday and Sunday.

Usually only showcased at the Seattle Boat Show, a handful of large family cruisers will be on display during the Everett show. The show will also feature more than 100 exhibitors displaying the newest boats and accessories.

The Northwest Marine Trade Association is the oldest and largest regional boating trade organization in the nation, representing the interests of about 800 member companies.

Whidbey Playhouse youth production: The Whidbey Playhouse continues its 40th season with the youth production of “Pollyanna,” through March 18.

Based on the Eleanor Porter classic, “Pollyanna” is a tale of the greatest optimist of all time. The story explores the adventures of a little girl who comes to a town embittered by feuds and intimidated by her aunt. By the time she leaves, she has transformed the community with her indomitable will to see the good side of event the worst situation and bring it out for the betterment of all.

Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Group discounts are available.

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