Getting ready for the ‘roar’

International Powerboat Festival organizers ready to make this year's event even better

Organizers of this year’s Sarnia/Port Huron International Powerboat Festival, now in its sixth iteration, are hopeful they will exceed a turnout that has been steadily increasing since its inception.

The August 12-14 event, which features the St. Clair River as its backdrop, will include a range of activities appealing to a wide audience, including families.

Those features include a kids’ zone, wakeboarding competition and ticketed concerts featuring Monster Truck and I Mother Earth.

Monster Truck will play on August 12 along with the Down River Band. On August 13, I Mother Earth and Silver Stone Satellite will be featured. Tickets can be bought through this link.

Dave Brown, who is one of the organizers, said people from all over the area continue to be enthusiastic about the festival, which he says will continue to be free to the general public, aside from the paid concert portion.

Brown said the event helps promote tourism by showcasing what the Sarnia area has to offer.

“This is an incredibly important asset, so we can really benefit the community and benefit the waterfront site,” he said.

Several local sponsors are involved and charities, including St. Joseph’s Hospice and the Inn of the Good Shepherd will benefit from the weekend, with hopes ranging from $30,000 to $50,000, depending, of course, on things like the sale of concert tickets.

And, of course, the weather.

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