Weekend races planned at Lake Palourde
MORGAN CITY, La. — Morgan City Powerboat Association Commodore Marie Siracusa said this weekend is a big one for boat racing in Morgan City, not just for the present but for the future.
After unfavorable weather conditions forced the cancellation of racing in October twice — 2009 and 2011 — the local boat races were moved up to the summertime for last year’s run and the outboard racing went on smoothly.
Now, the Morgan City Powerboat Association will get its shot to duplicate the effort when it hosts inboard racing at the Atchafalaya Eastern Divisionals Saturday and Sunday at Lake End Parkway in Morgan City.
A successful inboard race, Siracusa said, could help erase a reputation of Morgan City as a venue where powerboat racing cannot be successfully held as well as help the city return to the racing circuit on an annual basis.
This weekend’s race is expected to feature about 40 boats and racers from across the country, Siracusa said.
Siracusa expected at least 10 classes of boats to race at the event, another stop along the racing circuit for these competitors.
The most local racer competing will be Randy English of Broussard.
This weekend’s race director will be David Hidalgo, a sergeant at arms in the Morgan City Powerboat Association who is certified by the American Powerboat Association. The remainder of the racing crew will be coming from out of town.
In addition to racing, this year’s event will feature 15 to 20 vintage boats, some 40 to 50 years old, which will be navigated through the race course but will not be competing.
“It’s mainly for show,” Siracusa said.
Siracusa said the boats are what many people here recall in boat racing.
No presale tickets will be available to the public.
Admission to the event is $10 per person each day with children ages 12 and under admitted free.
Event organizers plan to begin racing at 10 a.m. Saturday and continue until 5 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. On Sunday, races are to start at 11 a.m. and continue until about 5 p.m.
Food vendors also will be on site. No ice chests will be allowed on-site.
In addition to racing, the race site will feature a historical tent with pictures and trophies on display from previous races in Morgan City as well as a souvenir tent.
At about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, two bands, Gone Pecan and Boat Trash, will perform free to the public.
Meanwhile, the Pit Party, a private event, will be held at the same time. The 2013 Miss Lake Palourde will be crowned at the event.
Fireworks, complements of the City of Morgan City, will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday, Siracusa said. These fireworks will serve as the city’s Independence Day Firework display, according to Marc Folse, Morgan City chief administrative officer.