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IBEX adds two nighttime events

Organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference will host two evening events at this year’s show: the IBEX Opening Night Party at Fourth Street Live! and the Bourbon and Brew Happy Hour.

The two parties will complement the conference’s schedule of classes, workshops and demonstrations, allowing the marine industry to connect at after-hours events.

“People working in the business world know that some of the most important contacts and conversations happen off the clock,” IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said. “We recognize the importance of networking and that is why IBEX is planning many events, both on and off the show floor.”

On the first night of the conference, IBEX will host a reception in downtown Louisville at Fourth Street Live!, a 350,000-square-foot entertainment and retail complex. The venue, comprising 13 bars, restaurants and nightclubs, is a short walk from many area hotels or a free shuttle ride from the Kentucky Exposition Center. Cocktail hour begins after the show closes for the day.

During the reception, IBEX party headquarters will be at the Sports and Social Club, where the marine industry can take advantage of drink and food specials while enjoying the bar’s laid-back vibe. From there, party-goers can try to keep their seat in a mechanical bull riding contest at PBR Louisville, sip an IBEX signature cocktail at the Kill Devil Club, belt karaoke tunes at the Tengo Sed Cantina or show off their moves at the Marquee Bar’s late night DJ dance party.

On Wednesday night the exhibit hall will feature tastings from local Kentucky bourbons during the Bourbon and Brew Happy Hour from 5-6 p.m. Bars will be scattered throughout the hall and experts will be on hand to discuss the craft of distilling bourbon. Other beverages, including several local microbrews, also will be available.

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