Races are also scheduled in San Angelo, Waco, and Paris, Texas, as the summer-long campaign progresses.
Fans can purchase LakeFest tickets — when available — on the chamber’s website. A free Show and Shine event, during which people can meet drivers and crews and see the boats, typically precedes the races on the Friday before in Johnson Park. Details for this year’s Show and Shine have yet to be announced.
From 1992 to 2001, LakeFest grossed about $2.2 million with a net income of around $600,000 for the chamber, which donated roughly $75,000 to local nonprofits in that 10-year span.
In 2018, fans feared the beloved event would be permanently canceled after the chamber failed to reach an agreement with the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. After a two-year hiatus, the Southern Drag Boat Association took over as sanctioning body for LakeFest.