River Roar stirs up excitement in Bay City - WNEM TV 5

River Roar stirs up excitement in Bay City

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This weekend it's hard to miss the rumble of powerboats in Bay City. The 26th annual River Roar is underway, drawing a large crowd.

Racers came from 10 states and two countries. The race course is an oval shape running 1 1/4 miles. Some Formula One boats can hit speeds up to 110 miles per hour.

TV5 sponsored Formula Light boat driven by John Goaeoletti.

This year admission is free, but organizers encouraged fans to bring a non-perishable food item for Hidden Harvest.

In addition to the powerboats, the River Roar offers a carnival that is much larger than past years. The rides start at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Organizers also added a beer tent, open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The River Roar is completely run by volunteers. Since 1990 the event has donated more than $1 million to charities in the region.

For more information visit the River Roar website.

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