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Lake Cumberland Grand Prix invades Somerset

The race could attract thousands of people to the Lake Cumberland region..and that means hotels filling up and restaurants getting lots of customers. The race is described as “NASCAR on water,” with boats traveling more than 100 miles per hour on the water. It’s the second year in a row for the event at Lake Cumberland, a region still trying to put away the negative publicity that began when the lake was lowered because of a leak at Wolf Creek Dam.

“I talk to a lot of people around the country, they say 'you don’t have any water down there, do you?' So it’s obviously not a dead issue, it’s still an issue,” said Lonnie Lawson with The Center for Rural Development.

Qualifying racing begins Saturday and the actual race is at noon on Sunday. If you want to see the event, you’re encouraged to park at The Center for Rural Development, light #15 on U.S Hwy 27 and for $10 a shuttle can take you to the best viewing areas.

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