CELINA — Got the need for speed? Head to Lakeshore Park this weekend where the annual Governor's Cup Regatta is joined by the 2011 Inboard Hydroplane World Championship for plenty of guaranteed fast action“This is really a big deal. Getting the World Championships here has been a lot of work for the local committee, but it means more racers and even more excitement coming to the area,” said Donna Grube, executive director of the Auglaize and Mercer Convention and Visitors Bureau.An anticipated crowd of 70 boats and teams are expected this weekend at this world-class one-mile course. “The racers always like to come here. They're treated well, and our free admission brings in a lot of people, which the racers have told us they enjoy,” Grube said.Each day, competitors have the opportunity to set records during “hot laps,” when each boat runs the course for an individual time. Afterward, the boats begin their heat races, with four to 10 boats racing each other. Pretty big action for a lake that last year could not sustain any such water activity.“Last year we had to cancel this because of water conditions, and we had a Save the Lake concert instead. Ironically, three days before that concert, the lake was given permission to host the Regatta, but by that time it was too late,” Grube said.So this year, it's all out lake fun.“This is wonderful. Between this Regatta and the Celina Lake Festival, people can see we are using the lake, it looks great, and it's nice to have it back in action,” Grube said.And the best part for spectators?“All of this can be seen for free. People can spend all weekend here and watch some good racing and never spend a penny, unless they want to buy some food or adult beverages from our vendors,” Grube said.And following the action on Saturday, musical entertainment will be by County Mile and The Mo Blues Band, also free.
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