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HydroFair Returning to Owensboro after over 40 years

Owensboro back at it again with another exciting event, attracting thousands downtown.

Posted: Aug 20, 2021 4:11 PM
Updated: Aug 20, 2021 4:12 PM

Last week the Blue Angels were in town soaring above us...now we will be looking down into the Ohio, watching Hydroplanes get up to 150 MPH.

"Rich racing history here in town, the racing teams were thrilled once they saw Owensboro on the schedule," says Tim Ross, Director of Public Events for the City of Owensboro

After almost 40 years, there's over 60 teams, and thousands of excited fans ready to make some noise on the river. But to kick of the event, Mayor Tom Watson held a special announcement to name this years race, "Scott McNeal Pierce Day" In honor of former hydroplane driver, Scott Mcneal. Each driver will have the number "55" on their boats to honor McNeal.

The competition will begin Saturday Morning, but you can catch some of the drivers at Friday After 5 for a meet and greet. "You can get signed autographs, get inside one of boats, and learn how to drive it," says Friday After 5 director, Francine Marseille.

Races will begin at 10 Saturday and Sunday Morning, followed by the Championship Sunday afternoon. The race course will be an oval-shaped track that will start and end in front of the Owensboro Convention Center, and drivers will cycle the track four times.

Click here to view the full schedule of this FREE event.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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