Features at a Glance

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Island Experience

Booth 803

Sit down and relax to escape Winter for a few hours at our Island Experience. Enjoy a variety of street tacos and tropical drinks as you daydream about summer. It is a great place to socialize and spend time with friends as you plan for the 2019 Boating Season!

Adding to the good vibes—live music by Mick Sterling Presents, featuring local musicians Elijah Adam, Tom Harkness and Erin Chase Thursday–Saturday from 4:00 PM–8:00 PM.

Don't miss this delightful oasis!

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Twin Cities Beach Blast

Lobby E

It is never too early to start thinking of the Twin Cities Beach Blast and two of Minnesota's most beloved events— The Milk Carton Boat Races and Sandcastle Competition.  The 2019 Blast—a day of family-friendly fun will be held on Sunday, July 21.
Past Winners The winner of 2018’s Milk Carton Boat Race, Udder Madness, will be on display. In addition, watch as past champions of the sand sculpture contest create a sand sculpture during the show.
Just for kids Children are invited to build a boat out of milk cartons or help with creating the sand sculpture.

Learn more 

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NEW! Discover-A-Boat—FREE for Kids

Little skippers are invited to navigate the show floor in search for recreational boats of all kinds and complete a Discover-A-Boat Map. The navigation point begins at the Twin Cities Beach Blast featiure located in Lobby E. Turn in the completed Discover-A-Boat Map after the search at the feature for a prize (while quantities last.) 

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2019 Minneapolis Innovation Awards

The 2019 Progressive® Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show® Innovation Award winners are:

  • Aluminum Fishing Boats: Adventure, Lund Boats – “The versatility with very thoughtful and well-designed features including the SportTrak/ProTrak allows for the use of various accessories from fender holders, rod holders and cup holders,” said Brady Kay, Innovation Judge.
  • Fiberglass Fishing Boats: WX2200, Skeeter Boats – “The engineers took on the technical challenge of melding aluminum and fiberglass to create a stronger, but lighter deck and usable storage space,” said Alan Wendt, Innovation Judge.
  • Pontoon Boats: Mirage 8524 DLZ Bar, Smoker Craft, Inc. – “The design responds to consumer trends for a large, comfortable aft lounge area that through innovative design transforms into an attractive social area with the touch of two buttons and a little elbow grease,” said Bill Gius, Innovation Judge.

“It’s gratifying to see many of the innovations, first introduced at IBEX, being interpreted so many different ways in these boating categories on display in Minneapolis,” said Judging Chair Alan Wendt.

Progressive Insurance

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