Grand Lake Boat Shootout Challenge Brings in Big Crowd - KOAM TV 7

Grand Lake Boat Shootout Challenge Brings in Big Crowd


Professionals as well as residents with high performanced boats came out to grand lake, not to race against each other, but to race against themselves.

Event coordinator Linda Little says, "These guys compete for the highest speed, mile per hour. It's not a side-by-side race, it's not a round n' rounder race. They go one at a time on a 1 mile track against a radar gun."

Boat Driver Neil Wubbie says, "It's a great event that we have here. They do a really nice job, the event organizers. They really take care of the participants to make sure that we're taken care of. They really go out of their way and it's a great venue. We like the two-way run on the course."

Because of the amount of spectators the event brings, little says tax records show there was a sales tax increase of more than $300,000 in Grove during the month the event was held last year. They expect that number to have increased this year. But even more important than revenue, the boating event brings something more.

"Grand Lake has also increased by at least 3 people we know of. 3 families from last year that came here for our race, saw the lake and have now bought property here," says Linda.

Shaun Little, the event Vice President says, "As a family event and that's what everybody does here is be able to get together have fun, no matter how fast  or how slow it is that they can all participate in this event from the spectator all of the way to the racer."

After expenses, all of the proceeds from the event go back towards the community.

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