Before the racing teams start their
engines for the official launch of the Lake Cumberland Grand Prix
2010 Offshore Super Series (OSS) powerboat race, they will showcase
their boats for all to see in a colorful “Parade of Boats” June 4
throughout Somerset, Ky., on the opening day of race weekend.
The sleek, top performance
powerboatsócapable of reaching speeds of up to 200 mphówill be on
full display to the public in a Friday night “Parade of Boats” on
U.S. 27 to welcome drivers and the racing teams to Somerset and
Pulaski County for the return of OSS powerboat racing on Lake
As part of the parade, the racing teams
will form a caravan of boats starting at 6 p.m. at Race Village at
The Center for Rural Development, located at Traffic Light 15 just
north of the race course site at Waitsboro Recreation Area.
The parade will proceed northward up
U.S. 27 to the intersection of U.S. 27 and Ogden Street at Traffic
Light 4. There, units will turn right onto Ogden Street, proceed a
short distance and turn left on Clifty Street at the corner of
Somerset-Pulaski Convention and Visitors Bureau.
At the intersection and traffic light
ahead on Clifty Street, they will turn left onto KY 80/Russell S.
Dyche Memorial Highway, proceeding ahead and then turning left back
onto U.S. 27 at Traffic Light 3 to travel south back to Race Village
at The Center for a meet-and-greet event with the drivers and racing
teams prior to the Devon Allman’s Honeytribe concert at 7 p.m.
A police escort will temporarily block
both intersections at KY 80/U.S. 27 and U.S. 27/Cumberland Parkway
for a short time on the day of the parade.
“We are proud to welcome back the OSS
racing team to the Lake Cumberland area and look forward to a great
weekend of racing at Waitsboro Recreation Area,” Jack Keeney,
executive director of Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce,
said. “We encourage everyone in Somerset to come out and watch
along the parade route as we kick off a great event that will draw
attention to Somerset, Pulaski County, and Lake Cumberland on a
statewide and national level.”
All of Friday’s activities for Lake
Cumberland Grand Prix will take place at Race Village at The Center,
which will be command central for OSS racing teams. The teams will
set up camp in the south parking lot there, where racing fans will be
able to visit with drivers, see the boats up close, and check out the
assortment of vendors.
Later in the evening, Devon Allman, son
of legendary singer/songwriter Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers
Band, and his band, the Honeytribe, will present a free Southern rock
and blues concert in The Center’s Exhibit Hall.
“We are looking forward to meeting
the OSS racing teams and seeing their boats for the first time at
Race Village,” Keeney said. “If you don’t want to miss anything
at this year’s Lake Cumberland Grand Prix, come see the boats and
meet the drivers on opening day at Race Village and stay for the
qualifying heats on Saturday and races on Sunday.”
There is no admission charge to attend
Race Village, which opens at 11 a.m. and will continue through 9 p.m.
on June 4 with a stellar lineup of evening entertainment and plenty
of opportunities for visitors to meet-and-greet the racing teams and
have photographs taken with their favorite teams.
Parking for the June 4 events will be
in and around The Center and on the North and South Campuses of
Somerset Community College along and off of Monticello Road.
Activities will move to the race site
at Waitsboro Recreation Area on Saturday and remain there through
Sunday for the official start of the Lake Cumberland Grand Prix at
noon when approximately 20 powerboats compete for top prizes and
points in the second race of the 2010 OSS schedule.
The awards ceremony will be held at 7
p.m. on Sunday at Race Village following the conclusion of the final
For more information on the race,
contact Larry Combs at The Center at 606-677-6000 or via e-mail at
To become an official race sponsor,
contact Jeff Crowe at TOUR SEKY at 606-677-6095 or via e-mail at
Volunteers and vendors are also
encouraged to visit the 2010 Lake Cumberland Grand Prix Web site at
www.lakecumberlandgrandprix.com to fill out online participation
forms, or contact the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at
606-679-7323 to sign up for service opportunities and register to
participate in the event.