Crazy Costumes, Interactive Exhibits & Games, Oh My!


Natural touch tanks at the Mobile (Ala.) Boat Show

By Adrianne Bowen

With the soaring popularity of comic cons and other fun role-playing events, costumes and interactive adventures are becoming a major part of today’s trade shows. And it’s not just anime extravaganzas getting in on the fun.

Dazzling Mardi Gras costumes have always been a magical part of the festivities in Mobile with year-round celebrations. And the destination has incorporated them into the trade shows that make Mobile their host city.

In addition, Mobile offers fun, interactive games such as scavenger hunts along the Oyster Trail and geocaching, says Patty Kieffer, CASE, senior national sales manager for Visit Mobile: “Everybody’s welcome to dig in deep and discover the slow, secret spots of Mobile.”

Have you ever seen a skiing squirrel? Well, that’s just one of the fun, extraordinary interactive elements you can find, depending on the year, at the Mobile Boat Show. Other interactive elements, according to Miller, include natural touch tanks with local sea life such as sea horses, shrimp and sting rays from the Alabama Department of Natural Resources, as well as a pool equipped with a kayak and paddleboard for participants to try.

Quest Con is coming to Mobile in March 2018 at the waterfront Mobile Convention Center and it will definitely include over-the-top costumes and fun for the whole family with all kinds of gaming opportunities, Kieffer said.

Mobile Kayak Demo Pool