Published 5:48 pm Friday, August 25, 2017

Bainbridge Southern Nationals Drag Boat Race will be here in the blink of an eye.

Hosted by the Decatur County Fire Fighters Association, September 9-10th will be a weekend to remember as 45 drag racers compete for points, cash prizes and a trophy.

Frank Kay, who works in association with the Drag Boat Race describes it as “NASCAR on water.” The boats can go anywhere from 90-100 mph.

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The Outboard Drag Boat Association said on their website it has become one of the “hottest spectator sports in the United States.” It is an event that one definitely won’t want to miss. The show will offer one and two day passes. For children 0-10 it is free, but for one day, 11 & up costs $8 and for a two day pass, 11 & up costs $15.  All proceeds benefit the Decatur County Fire Fighters Association.

In addition to watching champion drag boat racers, the event will also offer food vendors and activities for children. McMillian will be offering a variety of fried foods, Boyd’s BBQ will be serving their southern BBQ and another vendor will offer hotdogs, chicken tenders and chicken wings. According to volunteer fire fighter of Recovery Unit 275, Beverly Allen, the Kids N’ Kops train will be there to give kids rides. They will also have face painting for the kids, a bouncy house and be selling bubbles and other trinkets for kids to play with throughout the day. Wives can also get their fix as hairbows, pocket books, clothes and vinyl decals will also be sold at various booths.

The drag boat racers can look forward to gaining points and monetary prizes from the ODBA, and getting a trophy for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the six different divisions. “We wanted to do something to make Bainbridge’s drag boat race memorable,” Kay said.

Both Kay and Allen ask everyone to come out and support the local volunteer fire fighters at the race on September 9-10th. The race will start at noon and promises to be a fun time for all. They expect for this year’s race to be a big one and for it to only continue to grow.