IBEX to open with social event outside Tampa Convention Center

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The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference will open with a "Party for a Purpose" on Sept. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sail Pavilion outside the Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center.

All exhibitors and attendees are invited.

"The IBEX Opening Night Party for a Purpose will give everyone a chance to network and learn about advocacy work for the boating industry while enjoying local food, drinks and entertainment." IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. "We anticipate a great turnout for what will be the most social event of the show and an opportunity tolearn about and get active in our industry's critical advocacy work in Washington, D.C."

The Sail Pavilion is Tampa's only 360-degree waterfront bar. It is on the Riverwalk just outside the convention center. A food truck rally will feature local food trucks of Tampa.

Entertainment will include live music from country singer-songwriter Will Erickson and on-site cigar rolling. Conferees who want to get involved in boating advocacy efforts can sign a prior approval form at the site and receive a ticket good for one free drink.

"We thank the member companies of NMMA's Accessory Manufacturers Division board of directors for graciously sponsoring this worthwhile event," National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich said.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for attendees and exhibitors to learn about the top legislative and regulatory issues that the boating industry faces, including ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard, tax policies, protecting boater access and more."