To date, Evansville HydroFest™ has 57 Hydroplane teams in eight classes of Inboard Boats on deck to compete in the Labor Day Weekend racing action. This represents the largest field of participants ever to race on the Ohio River in Evansville. Previous boat races in Evansville averaged 14 teams per year. Teams from across the United States and Canada will compete on the Ohio Riverfront in Downtown Evansville, Friday September 1st, Saturday September 2nd, and Sunday September 3rd, 2017. For event schedules visit www.evansvillehydrofest.com.
At the three-day event, Evansville HydroFest™ will host the American Power Boat Association’s Eastern Divisional Championships on Saturday, and North American Championships on Sunday. Among drivers with local name recognition scheduled to race will be Jeff Bernard, winner of Evansville’s last Hydroplane race in 2009. Race Director, Randy Lientz notes, “At our initial news conference on January 19th, we promised fans non-stop racing action. By the quantity and quality of teams, we’re able to deliver on that promise.”
A $10 Evansville HydroFest™ Admission Wristband admits ages 13 and up to all three days of racing. Ages 12 and under are free. For those 21 and
above, the Wristband includes admission to the Concert & Beer Garden at Tropicana’s Outdoor Events Plaza, Friday and Saturday, 6:00 pm-midnight.
Purchase Admission Wristbands at all six Evansville-area Schnuck’s stores, nine Heritage Federal Credit Union locations, the Evansville Museum of Art, History and Science, and SWIRCA until August 31st. Starting September 1st, Admission Wristbands will be available at Riverside Dr. Admission Gates: Court St. attended by SWIRCA, Main St. attended by CASA, and Cherry St. attended by the Evansville Museum Guild. For each $10, the non-profit group earns $2 to further its positive impact on our City.
Evansville HydroFest™ 2017 is a Presentation of Evansville Events, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit entity of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bob Warren is Executive Director. Serving on the Executive Organizing Committee are Vernon Stevens, President of Southern Business Machines and Randy Lientz, President of AXIOM. Warren, Stevens, and Lientz all reside in Evansville.