HydroFest 2019: Preparations and economic impact for north Alabama

HydroFest 2019: Preparations and economic impact for north Alabama

MARSHALL COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - If you like boats, racing, or simply spending time outside here in the beautiful north Alabama area, mark your calendars for June 28-30 for HydroFest.

Last year more than 10,000 people came out to Lake Guntersville to watch and event organizers are expecting another huge turnout. They want to see 20,000 people show up, which is a huge economic engine for North Alabama.

“3,700 of our tickets were sold from out of state, 19 states. So just a lot of exposure for North Alabama and you know this event brings money to our cities through retail sales tax revenue. People are out, they’re eating, they’re spending money, they’re shopping and of course we fill our hotels which is great lodging tax,” said Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau President Katy Norton.

It’s not very often you see huge boats racing, which is why so many people are expected to show up to this years Hydrofest.

"It will be a course within a course, within a course, so three different courses. The largest is 2 and a half mile oval racing the Hydroplanes H1, the biggest boats on the water today, 200 miles an hour," said Norton.

Last year, more than 200 people signed up to volunteer to work HydroFest and the event organizers you just heard from say they’re hoping for another turnout. There’s also some incentives. You’ll get a free weekend pass for this event as well as food and a T-shirt.

If you want to become a volunteer here’s a link with more information. https://marshallcountycvb.com/on-the-lake/hydrofest

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