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Great Lakes Grand Prix Again a Grand Success

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

“We are elated with these results!” said Jack Arnett, executive director of the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The attendance numbers, the economic impact and the number of race teams are all records for this event. This race continues to grow and continues to inject a huge economic stimulus into our local economy. This has truly become a signature event for Michigan City and La Porte County.”

Held July 31st through August 2nd, this event is part of the Super Boat International offshore powerboat racing schedule. It features three days of festivities and some of the world’s fastest and most powerful offshore powerboats racing at up to 150 miles per hour.

2015 was another record-setting year. Total dollars attributed to the race and related events that weekend were 9 million, of which 2.3 million was in the form of tax revenue for local government and another 2 million going directly to wages.

2015 also broke attendance records with a grand total of 143,000 people coming to be part of the action:

  • Friday Taste of Michigan City and park attendance: 8,000
  • Saturday park and volleyball event: 20,000
  • Saturday Taste of Michigan City, parade and block party: 35,000
  • Sunday park and race viewing: 80,000

Arnett added that these results have been shared with Super Boat International and that the success of the event in Michigan City has led to the organizing body deciding to expand the race circuit on the Great Lakes, using Michigan City as a springboard for marketing.

Great Lakes Grand Prix

Super Boat International

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