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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from the MarineMax Outboard Invitational Series and the National Houseboat Expo.

The MarineMax Outboard Invitational Series comes to Gulf Shores, Ala., on Saturday and there will be a captain’s meeting the day before, the company announced.

Divisions for the Gulf Shores tournament will include inshore (redfish, trout) and offshore (wahoo, king mackerel, mahi-mahi, tuna, amberjack), plus an offshore children’s category for largest fish and a ladies’ category for largest fish. Prizes will be $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $150 for third place; winners also will receive a plaque, a one-year MarineMax Rewards Club membership and other local sponsor giveaways.

The entry fee for the tournament is $150 a boat for as many as three anglers; each additional angler is $50. Children are free.

All of the entry fees will be donated to Fisher House, a private-public partnership that supports America’s military personnel in their time of need.

“At MarineMax, we share the same passion for family boating and fishing as our customers because we’re boaters and fishermen, too,” president and CEO William McGill said in a statement. “The idea for our MarineMax Outboard Invitational Series grew from that passion, and the decision to donate the entry fees to Fisher House came from our desire to recognize our military men and women for the sacrifices they continue to make on our behalf.”

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The National Houseboat Expo, presented by Houseboat magazine, runs Aug. 26-28 in Lake Cumberland, Ky.

“This is a great opportunity for attendees to experience houseboating as it is,” show producer Greg Larsen said in a statement.

Although traditional houseboat shows are indoors, the in-water expo takes people to the dock to see the houseboating lifestyle. A captain’s course is set up to get people out on the water and learn the basics of controlling and properly driving a houseboat.

This year’s expo also will feature an on-dock poker run, as well as live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

“The scenery is there, the water and other boaters are there,” Larsen added. “It’s a great way for a hesitant houseboat buyer to pull the trigger.”

State Dock will once again offer “boatels,” or rental houseboats for attendees.

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