OWENSBORO, Ky (WEHT) Owensboro officials announce that the Owensboro HydroFair will be part of the North American Championships. for the American Power Boat Association.
Today’s announcement designating it a championship race was one of several details officials revealed about this summer’s event. City Director of Public Events Tim Ross says the designation gives the race more stature to teams from the U.S. and Canada.
“The opportunity to have more fans, obviously, comes along when you’ve got that designation as the North American Championships for 2021,” said Owensboro Director of Public Events Tim Ross, “So, Owensboro is set up really, really well here.”
This race was supposed to take place last summer, but it was postponed to this year due to the pandemic. Ross adds it could lead to more teams racing here this August.
“We’re anticipating, actually, having the largest boat count for the grand prix racing of any on the APBA circuit in more than 25 years. So, if you could imagine, all the way back into the 90s, and the number of boats that compete in the GP division, we’ll have more than that here in Owensboro, as long as everything keeps moving like we’re anticipating,” he said.
Organizers also announced Renegade Racing Fuel, owned by Owensboro based Valor Oil, will be one of the major sponsors and will supply fueling trailers.
The HydroFair begins August 21. It was supposed to have its inaugural event last year, but due to the COVID pandemic, it was rescheduled.
There will be COVID restrictions in place. One of the changes is that people can only buy tables that can seat up to six. Individual tickets will not be available
Officials have also said the HydroFair will be a big part of Friday After 5 which will be returning this year.
(This story was originally published on March 11, 2021)