As the countdown continues for the kickoff of the Lake Cumberland Grand Prix Offshore Super Series (OSS) powerboat race on June 4-6, volunteers are finalizing plans to help handle the logistics of the largest and most exciting event of the summer season in Somerset and Pulaski County, the Lake Cumberland region, and Southern Kentucky.
Some of the biggest, loudest, and fastest boats on the OSS racing circuit capable of traveling at speeds of 200 miles per hour will converge on Lake Cumberland for a exciting three-day weekend event of great entertainment, including a free southern rock and blues concert by Devon Allman—the son of legendary singer/songwriter Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band—a “Parade of Boats” on opening day and, of course, the best in offshore racing.
During race days on June 5 and 6, traffic coming in and leaving the official site of the race course at Waitsboro Recreation Area, located off U.S. 27 just past Traffic Light 29, will be limited due to activities surrounding the race. There will be no public parking for spectators at Waitsboro Recreation Area, the premium site to view the race from land or water.
“We strongly encourage spectators to use one of the designated parking areas in and around the race site,” said Larry Combs, event coordinator and director of business services for The Center for Rural Development, the home of Race Village. “Shuttle service will be provided from four different parking sites for a small fee to allow spectators and families to enjoy the race with the least amount of traffic headaches.”
A shuttle service will run both days of the race from designated parking lots at the following locations: The Center, located a short distance north of the race course on U.S. 27 at Traffic Light 15; the North and South Campuses of Somerset Community College on Monticello Street; and Southern Elementary School, located behind the Somerset Mall on Enterprise Drive.
Cost of riding the shuttle each day is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages three through 12. Children under three-years-old can ride for free. The shuttle service will make continuous stops at the designated parking lots throughout both days of the race.
Each rider will receive a colored wristband, which gives them access to race viewing areas and transportation to and from the race site at any time during the day.
There also will be designated areas at and near Waitsboro Recreation Area for spectators to view the race from land and from private boats in the water near the race course. Those plans are being finalized, and details on those spectator areas will be released soon.
Additionally, race teams will unload their boats from a secured boat launching ramp at nearby General Burnside Island State Park. The boat launching ramp at the state park will be closed to the public during the two days of racing.
All of the opening activities on June 4 will take place at Race Village on the grounds of The Center. Before a free evening concert by Honeytribe fronted by Devon Allman, race teams and their powerboats will be on full display in a spectacular “Parade of Boats” as the caravan of boats heads north up U.S. 27 in Somerset from The Center and back again.
The race teams, fresh off their first OSS race of the year in Biloxi, Miss., will be at Race Village on opening day to sign autographs, have photographs taken with racing fans, and relax before they head to the race course the next day.
A variety of sponsorship packages for the Lake Cumberland Grand Prix are still available, including basic packages ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 sponsorships to premium packages that include three levels of sponsorships from gold ($5,000), platinum ($10,000) to diamond ($25,000).
“We also have Lake Cumberland Grand Prix Finish Line Friends for those businesses who want to donate goods or services for the race,” Combs said.
“Becoming a sponsor for the OSS Race not only shows support for the event, but it shows support for Lake Cumberland and the surrounding counties,” added Jeff Crowe, president and CEO of TOUR SEKY, and race sponsorship coordinator. “We are asking all businesses in the Lake Cumberland Region to get on board and show their support for the community.”
For more information on the race, contact Larry Combs at The Center at 606-677-6000 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To become an official race sponsor, contact Jeff Crowe at TOUR SEKY at 606-677-6095 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Volunteers and vendors may sign up to help with the race by visiting Lake Cumberland Grand Prix Web site at www.lakecumberlandgrandprix.com to fill out online participation forms, or contact the Somerset-Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce at 606-679-7323 to sign up for service opportunities and register to participate in the event.