"Showdown on the Sabine" draws big crowds

"Showdown on the Sabine" draws big crowds.

Thousands flock to the 9th annual Showdown on the Sabine in Orange according to an organizer.

Organizer Brandy Judice said they expect between 2,000 and 3,000 fans to watch races this weekend.

She said fans from out of town have bought 75 hotel rooms.

Mike Butler and his wife drove 18 hours from Wisconsin to see the boats skip across the water at more than 120 miles per hour.

“There's a fair amount of boaters,” Butler said. “This tri-hull class, I have not seen before. It's going to be unique good looking class.”

A different viewing experience than watching races up north.

Judice said the 60 racers come from the United States and Canada.

“It’s a big event,” Judice said. “It's something that brings a lot of people to Orange to see what we have to offer. It creates tourism in our city.”

Judice called it tourism, Butler calls it sharing a passion with old friends.

“I haven’t been to a boat race in gosh, 10 years,” Butler said. “Just to see some of the guys, I haven’t talked to a lot of them in some time but the comradery.”

Testing begins at 9 a.m. Sunday morning. Races start at noon.

Race schedule: https://nasfracing.org/showdown-on-the-sabine

(© 2016 KBMT)


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