The pristine beaches of Orange Beach will be alive with "thunder” when the Offshore Powerboat Association World Championships begin on October 6. This event is rated as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast according to the Southeast Tourism Society and rated even higher on my list!
The State Park Pavilion becomes Race Village during this event and will be open to the public daily from 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, October 8, there will be a boat parade that starts at Race Village and ends at the Orange Beach Event Center. This is a great chance to get photos of the boats and autographs from the race teams. After the parade, a gala will be held in the Event Center with music by the Tip Tops, hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, and silent auction.
For four days, the roar of "thunder" will be heard while power boats qualify and race on the 6.8 mile Gulf of Mexico "race course". The World Championships will be awarded Sunday evening at a ceremony held at Live Bait II. VIP passes are popular for this event because they allow race fans free access to Race Village and special viewing areas as well as other perks. VIP fans are also invited as special guests to the pre-parties and get free entrance to the gala. VIP passes went on sale in June, and they are still available at ThunderOnTheGulf.com.
Race Village, which becomes jam packed with excitement as soon as the race teams arrive, includes vendors, concessions, and a kids' pavilion. It is the gathering place to meet race teams and get autographs. Here you can see the race boats up close. For the kids there is also a petting zoo and inflatables. There is entertainment in Race Village on Saturday from noon - 4:00 p.m.
Here's a glimpse of some of the incredible boats that will be racing in Orange Beach - you can feel the excitement in the video! More updates and comments can be found on the Thunder on the Gulf Facebook Page.
This is one type of "thunder" we look forward to in Orange Beach, and it is an exciting 4 days in our area. Whether you enjoy the excitement of racing or the relaxation of finding a quiet beach, there is a place for you here in this beautiful paradise! I am ready to help with your real estate choices. Give me a call today. Lance Steffek: 251-981-2225.
photo courtesy of Thunder on the Gulf Facebook Page