The meet and greet with Lake of the Ozarks Shootout boat racers is officially moving to Laurie.
The decision to move the event from the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark comes after the city and businesses of the Strip chose not to lift the open container ban for the event.
The meet and greet will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the fairgrounds in Laurie. People will have the chance to visit with some of the best racers in the world as well as check out their high speed racing crafts. Visitors can then see the racers and their vessel perform at the time trial boat races that take place around the 34 mile marker on the following weekend.
The Shootout committee was scheduled to meet Monday afternoon to discuss ways of expanding the meet and greet to have more activities.
Lake West Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and event committee member Mike Kenagy called the move a wonderful opportunity for the Westside that will allow the event to expand and raise more money for area fire departments and charities it supports through donations.
Last year, the Shootout donated $100,000 to 22 different non-profit organizations. In the five years since it moved Captain Ron's Bar & Grill at the 34.5 mile marker, the event has been able to raise more than $322,000 for lake area charities.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Shootout will comprise 10 days of activities at the Lake of the Ozarks from Aug. 16-25.