The 25th anniversary of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is here! We've come up with a list of five events you will want to make sure to hit this week.
1. SHOOTOUT IN THE PARK
See the race boats up-close and talk to race team members during the Shootout Meet and Greet. New location this year! The event moved from Lake Ozark to the Laurie Fairgrounds. The Shootout at the Park will be held from noon-10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Upwards of 80 boats and rigs are expected, along with many vendors of various types will offer food, beverages, sportswear and other types of merchandise.
2. SILENT AUCTION
A silent and live auction, to raise money for dozens of Lake area charities, and local fire department rescue teams, will be held at The Stables at Cannon Smoked Saloon Thursday, Aug. 22 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Three silent auction tables with lots of items up for bid will be available.
Rick Bryant starts the one-hour live auction at 7:30 p.m.
Some of the larger auction items include a trip for two to Sonoma, Calif., a trip for two to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Race, two badges to any one-day of the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament, a game shoe signed and numbered by Detroit Lions Running Back Shawn Hill, and other sports memorabilia. There is also a paining by a local artist, and dozens of certificates to Lake area restaurants.
3. STEREO SHOOTOUT
Who's got the loudest stereo? Find out at the Stereo Shootout Thursday, Aug. 22 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Camden on the Lake. Several different types of boat classes will compete. Contestants audio systems will be measured by a decibel mic.
4. POKER RUN
The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Poker Run will be held on Friday, Aug. 23. The entry fee is $150 and includes one poker hand with a card drawn for each stop made. There are eight stops so there is a possibility of having eight cards. The poker hand will be the best five cards. Entry fee also includes breakfast for two at Backwater Jack's.
Additional hands can be purchased for $45. Buy extra cards for your hand, up to two additional cards for $20 each.
The entry fee also includes two T-shirts, two $10 dinner or drink coupons, one Captain's Bag and one DVD. Additional T-shirts and DVDs can be purchased for $20 each. Additional hands may be purchased for $45 each. Buy extra cards for your hand, up to two additional cards for $20 each.
Any additional passengers in your boat can purchase one hand, a shirt and a $10 dinner or drink coupon for $75.
Page 2 of 2 - There will be payouts for first, second and third places and for worst hand. Registration will be held 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Captain Ron’s, and at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Backwater Jack’s. The Poker Run will leave Backwater Jack's at 10:30 a.m.
5. THE RACES
The boat races are the main event and will be held Aug. 24 and 25 on a course at the 34.5 mile-mark. Racing on Saturday will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and racing on Sunday will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 4 p.m.
Watch for more information about the race in the Lake Sun Weekend edition.
Car parking for Captain Ron's Bar & Grill will be in a different location this year. Parking will not be allowed at the old location at the RV park. Instead, folks heading to Shootout by land will have two locations away from the site where they can park and be shuttled in.
The old Woods Supermarket in Greenview and the old rock quarry on the east side of Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach across from the existing quarry are the new parking locations.
While located away from Captain Ron's, there will be plenty of shuttle buses going between the locations.
The parking fee has also been reduced to $5 instead of $10.
The fee parking will be open during the race dates of Aug. 24 & 25. Officials with the Shootout will be at the old site to direct traffic to the new parking locations.