The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference, which is set for Sept. 15-17 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, will offer several networking events.
"In addition to an expansive show floor and our unmatched education program, we have created several fun and interesting events to bring the industry together," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement.
"We are taking advantage of being in Louisville and will host the Bourbon and Brew Happy Hour, Opening Night Party on Fourth Street LIVE! and the Rock the Yacht concert. We will provide attendees and exhibitors a chance to network with leading industry professionals from all over the world to discuss upcoming trends and form lasting relationships."
IBEX will begin with the Industry Breakfast, keynote address and Innovation Awards presentation, sponsored by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, on Sept. 15 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench will be the keynote speaker.
During the breakfast IBEX also will recognize its Silver Exhibitors — companies that have exhibited at all 25 shows.
Conferees are invited to judge the Composite Challenge and Cocktail Competition on Sept. 15 and award the best cocktail in the Composites Pavilion at 5 p.m. The event is sponsored by Composites One and Magnum Venus Products.
Afterward there will be an opening-night party on Fourth Street LIVE! after the exhibit hall closes at 6 p.m.
On Sept. 16, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall, there will be a Bourbon and Brew Happy Hour, featuring Kentucky distilleries that include Four Roses, Maker's Mark, Angel's Envy and Alltech, and breweries that include ATG, Goodwood, Blue Stallion and Gordon Beirsch. Conferees will be able to taste their favorite bourbons and brews while connecting with colleagues.
The IBEX 25th show celebration will continue with a pre-party and live concert on Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. with Rock the Yacht at IBEX. There will be live music from bands that include Little River Band and Ambrosia, and food and drinks.
A pre-party begins at 6 p.m. in the North Wing; the concert will follow at Freedom Hall at the KEC. There will be a disc jockey spinning tunes, a food truck bazaar, cash bars, and VIP meet-and-greet packages.