coming to Warsaw, Ky., this summer
festival will be staged on the town's riverfront
(March 2007) The city of Warsaw, Ky., will
be buzzing with the sounds of race boats this summer when it plays host
to the Champ Boat Grand Prix Series on Aug. 17-19 on the Ohio River.
The event, dubbed Warsaw Thunder, will be broadcast live on the SPEED
Boats are powered by
inboard motors that run 140 mph.
Wayne Rassman announced the event at the Carroll County
Chamber of Commerces monthly membership meeting, held Feb. 12
at Gen. Butler State Resort Park. He was accompanied by Gallatin County
tourism president and chamber vice president Jane Searcy.
This is one of the biggest things that Gallatin County has put
on, and definitely the biggest for the city of Warsaw, said Rassman,
who serves on both the citys chamber and tourism boards. We
hope to make it a three-year commitment for this event. The impact should
be felt throughout the region, including Carrollton, because we will
need lots of hotel rooms for all the people.
Searcy added: This is a $150,000 event to put on, and we expect
a big return on that investment.
So far, the group has a commitment from three local sponsors: Belterra
Casino Resort & Spa, Smugglers Cove-Sunset Grill (formerly
Dans Marina), and Gallatin County Tourism.
Since the county only has one chain hotel Spartas Ramada
Inn and two smaller motels, it lacks the number of hotel
rooms it will need to support the event.
Tourism officials will be handling the organization of the event and
sales of admission tickets, camp sites, sponsorships and VIP corporate
tent tickets. Packages will begin at $1,500 and up, Rassman said.
Champ Boats run in excess speeds of 130 mph to 140 mph. They look similar
to small hydroplane race boats but have inboard motors in them. The
series previously stopped in Newport, Ky., but the series owners went
seraching for a new location, and Warsaw jumped at the chance, Rassman
said. The nearest site of any other Champ Boat race is Bay City, Mich.,
he said. Warsaw Thunder will be the sixth of nine stops on the circuit
in 2007. The series kicks off May 19-20 in Augusta, Ga.
Time trials and races will be held in two classes on both Saturday and
Sunday on a 1 1/4-mile course. There will also be live bands playing
Friday and Saturday nights in Warsaw, plus race team parties and a midway
of corporate tents.
Due to the small area of river frontage in Warsaw, spectators will be
bussed in from remote parking sites, Rassman said.
For more information about the event, call
1-888-292-4341 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about
the racing series, visit the website: www.champboat.com.
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