“If you’ve seen it on TV and you’re like, ‘whatever’ — come down and watch it, and I dare you to lean up on the fence when we come in the corner,” he said.
GALLERY: ‘Wake the Lake’ practice day
In addition to the F1, there will also be races with four other types of boats. The course features a challenging right turn that’s unique to the fairgrounds.
Drivers race around the Clark County Fairgrounds lake Friday as they practice for the Wake the Lake F1 Champaionships on Saturday and Sunday. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
Executive Director at the fairgrounds, Dean Blair said last year, the event drew in nearly 5,000 spectators to not only the grounds, but the community.
“We see hotels that sell out here locally. We see things that are affected in such a positive way and then the trickle down for us — the partnerships,” he said.
Blair said the event is family friendly, and all ages are invited to come out to the event.
EARLIER: National boat race to return to local fairgrounds
“Regardless of your age, you’re gonna feel like a kid watching those formula boats in the water,” he said.
He anticipates it’s only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making a home for powerboat racing in Clark County and the benefits it brings to the grounds.
“Because of the boat race, we have a cross country course. Because of the boat race, we’re building a new dog barn. So many things are happening because of the boat race, and the dominoes that it connects,” he said.
Gates for the race will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Also new this year, ‘The Naked Karate Girls,’ a Midwestern band, will perform a concert at 6 p.m. on Saturday. General admission tickets to the race are $20, and kids 12 and under are free. Small coolers are allowed.