At the LOTO Shootout, one of the best events was the parade down to the strip, and then the street party. Everybody that I could see had a blast, spectators could see the boats up close and personal, and they could talk "boats" with the drivers and crews. I would think that many manufacturers (both boat and accessory) would like this as they could actually engage in conversation with folks on a personal basis. You also have to remember that many wannabe boaters do not have a boat, so this would expose them to our sport without them having to be on the water. Most of them have only seen these boats while going 75 down the highway.
Oh yea, the Street Party was several hours long and nobody blew a motor, broke a drive, spent hundreds on gas, gashed new paint on a dock, or found themselves broken down on the water.
I would definitely be more likely to attend an even that had a Street Party before.