Tunnel boat races in Orange Saturday, Sunday
Bigger engines and more speed brings greater excitement to the 4th annual “Showdown on the Sabine” this weekend in Orange.
“The Formula One class will replace the SST class that we have had in the past,” said Darlene Zavada, of the Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Some of these boats will reach 150 miles per hour.”
Youngsters 8 to 12 will also be competing in the J-Hydro class. “It is a fun class to watch, but the kids are as serious as the adults,” said Zavada.
Formula Light and Tri-Hull classes will also be competing.
“This year we will be selling pit passes. They can visit with the mechanics and drivers. It will be a unique opportunity,” said Zavada.
There will be food vendors, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, bounce houses, and a water slide. “Kids wanting to go on the water slide need to plan ahead and bring appropriate gear,” said Zavada.
Admission and parking are free. No coolers, pets, bicycles or skateboards allowed. “We will allow folks to set up canopies, but this year we are limiting that to the top of the levee.”
The “Showdown” begins with boat inspections at 8 a.m., Saturday and Formula One trials at 9 a.m., Sunday.
It’s fun for the entire family.
The event is located at the Orange Public Boat Ramp on Simmons Drive. Crowds for the two day event have reached as high as 15,000 in the past.
“We are expecting about 60 boats and drivers to be with us this year,” said Zavada. “We have been bigger and better each year. We hope a lot of fans come out for the races and that everyone has a great time.”