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Ethanol boat races return this weekend

By The Herald Staff | 7/9/2014

GARNETT — Drivers of hydroplanes and roundabouts are expected to be pitted against each other this weekend in a fast-paced race to the finish.

The Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout is expected to return noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at North Lake Park (Lake Garnett) with competitions sanctioned by the National Boat Racing Association. Admission is free and earplugs or noise reducing devices are suggested. More than 25 national championship drivers are slated for the event.

GARNETT — Drivers of hydroplanes and roundabouts are expected to be pitted against each other this weekend in a fast-paced race to the finish.

The Garnett Ethanol Hydroplane Shootout is expected to return noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at North Lake Park (Lake Garnett) with competitions sanctioned by the National Boat Racing Association. Admission is free and earplugs or noise reducing devices are suggested. More than 25 national championship drivers are slated for the event.

Sponsored by East Kansas Agri-Energy, the Renewable Fuels Association, and the Kansas Corn Commission, the event is intended to showcase the ethanol industry, organizers said.

“It is exciting to see a national organization select Garnett for this event,” Jeff Oestmann, president and CEO of East Kansas Agri-Energy, the ethanol plant in Garnett, said. “It allows us to further promote the benefits of ethanol, not only in marine engines, but in all engines. We are proud to be a sponsor, and look forward to the races.”

Ethanol gets a bad rap, another of the event’s organizers said.

“There is a lot of misinformation out there about ethanol’s impact on boats, but E10 is safe and approved for use in all marine engines,” Robert White, Renewable Fuels Association director of market development, said. “The Lake Garnett event gives us an opportunity to educate boat owners and non-boat owners, and set the record straight.”

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