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MARBLE FALLS — As the Marble Falls LakeFest drag-boat races get ready for the 20th year Aug. 12-14, businesses along Lake Marble Falls anticipate a significant turnout.

The Hampton Inn has only a few reservations open for this year’s races.

“We are booking up much more quickly than we have during the last several years,” said Paul Thomas, vice president of Live Oak Lodging, the Hampton operator. “We have a good mix of returning boat-race guests, as well as new guests who have stayed with us at our other locations.”

The lodging facility is located at 704 First St., close to where the action takes place.

Next to the Hampton, Chili’s Grill & Bar also is preparing for the LakeFest crowd.