No Bay City River Roar this year - WNEM TV 5

No Bay City River Roar this year

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The river won't be roaring in Bay City this year.

The champ boat races marked their 30th-anniversary last year, but organizer Mike Bacigalupo said it will not happen in 2018 due to a lack of sponsorship.

"We were looking for sponsors to try to pull it off, but nothing really clicked or came into play," Bacigalupo said.

The event raced powerboats up and down the Saginaw River in June for the past three decades.

"It's been dwindling in past years and it hasn't really been a lot of money coming in for sponsorships," Bacigalupo said.

Last year the event was called Bay City Grand Prix, with International Outboard Grand Prix pumping about $100,000 into the event.

Bacigalupo said he does hope to have the event return in 2019.

"It's disappointing because I enjoy it. It brings a lot of people in," said David Hopp, Bay City resident. "We got that riverfront here and it's just a shame to waste it."

Eric McKee is on the same page.

"It kinda sucks because it does bring in quite a bit of revenue downtown here. They keep taking away everything that there is to do," McKee said.

The Country Musical Festival, slated for June 22-23, will happen this year.

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