For Participants:  



  • You must pre-register for this event – 2018  Please Use On Line Registration !
  • You can receive a paper registration form by calling Bill or Kathleen Root at 352-324-6010.
  • You must provide a photo of your boat.  If you registered the same boat last year, we can use last year’s photo. 
  • We encourage payment using Pay-Pal, but accept US Checks.  Sorry, we can no longer accept out of country checks!

Local Accommodations:

  • On Site Lodging – Lakeview Inn – 352-508-5344 – Reservations are required.  
  • Short distance from show – Mission Inn Resort & Club – 352-234-3900 – Room Blocks are Filling Up!  Call Today! Ask for the Sunnyland Boat Show Room Block
  • Due to city construction projects in the park area adjacent to the show site, we are unable to offer on site RV parking this year. We have made arrangements for show participants to park at the Fisherman’s Cove RV Resort, located about three miles south of the show site. This is a class A park with full facilities. You will be responsible for providing your own transportation to and from the show site. Taxi service is available, and Uber also covers the area.
  • Other lodging – Tavares Chamber Listing at or Mount Dora lodging at

Arriving at the Show!

  • The show site address is 123 South Joanna Ave, Tavares Florida 32778.  GPS coordinates are 28.48.043N—–81.43.655W
  • We encourage you to arrive on Thursday. There will be no access to register after Friday at 5:00pm.
  • We advertise and sell tickets for our show based on three days; all day Friday, Saturday and until noon on Sunday.  We will not let anyone depart prior to Noon on Sunday!
  • Boat Festival participants can park for free at the City of Tavares Parking garages, located 2 blocks from the show site.  There will be a shuttle service available from the garage to the show on Saturday.
  • When you arrive at the show site, you will be met by our registration committee and routed to our Marshalling Area. From there, we will move your boat to your assigned spot with one of our tractors. Since this is a LAND DISPLAY EVENT, you will be required to remain in that spot until the show ends on Sunday.
  • If you are bringing a BOAT TO SELL, we will move your boat to the Field of Dreams lot with a tractor.

Pre-Show and On-Site Show Events

  • The Famous St John’s River Southbound Cruise leaves Palatka March 18th, arriving in Tavares for the boat festival March 22nd.  This Epic cruise has been running for 29 years and is definitely a “bucket list” event. For more information about the cruises Click Here. For a registration form for the Southbound Cruise Click Here.
  • The Equally Famous St John’s Northbound Cruise leaves Tavares the day after the boat festival, March 26th, ending in Palatka March 30th. For more information about this cruise Click Here. For a registration form for the Northbound Cruise Click Here
  • Thursday March 22nd – City of Tavares Reception – The City of Tavares will host a reception at the new pavilion on the water at the show site Thursday 6PM. Register on the Festival Registration website for this event. 
  • Friday March 23rd – Sunnyland ACBS Picnic – Usually everyone travels by boat to the picnic and enjoys a ride through the famous Dora Canal, however, with the show being a Land Display, most everyone will travel by car. More information will be provided at the show for this event. Register on the Festival Registration website for this event. 
  • Friday March 23rd – Sunnyland Captain’s Party – On Friday night, under the show site’s “Big Tent”, old friends come together to meet and enjoy a FESTIVE BEACH PARTY complete with a live Beach Band. Everyone is encouraged to dress in Beach Attire and enjoy Margaritas, Beer and Great Food! Register on the Festival Registration website for this event. 
  • Saturday March 24th – ACBS Educational Symposium – Held Saturday at the Tavares City Hall Auditorium.  Free to all. For more information on Symposium Topics Click Here
  • Saturday March 24th – Ladies Style Show – A special event for the Ladies is the Style Show and Luncheon to be held at the Mount Dora Yacht Club. Transportation is provided. Register on the Festival Registration website for this event.
  • Saturday March 24th – Festival Banquet – Saturday night, meet up with friends under the “Big Tent” for dinner catered by Carrabas Restaurant along with another live BEACH BAND!! Register on the Festival Registration website for this event.
  • Sunday March 25th – Awards Presentation – As the Sunnyland Boat Festival is not a judged show, awards are given by our corporate sponsors and friends.  Awards are announced and presented on Sunday morning at 9:00AM under the “Big Tent”.
  • Sunday Church Services – Church services will follow the awards ceremony in the same location under the “Big Tent”.  All denominations welcome!