The sounds of boat motors on Lake Greeson and thunder on the horizon are pretty common in this part of Arkansas. But this past Saturday a special crew of boaters gathered at the lake and brought their high performance versions of thunderous boat motors! They were warmly invited by the local community, permitted by the Army Corps of Engineers, and the area was safety checked by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Lots of local businesses pitched in to make it all happen, and then everyone held their breath a little hoping the event would go off without a hitch.
The location for the event was chosen for predictable calm water as well as maximum spectator potential. The inlet created by Bear Creek provided the perfect spot. Not only is it sheltered from inclement weather, but spectators could choose from a steep bank to anchor their own boat, or enjoy it from dry land at the Corps’ recreational and camping area. The result was a comfortable experience for everyone, yet close enough to the action that I’m sure a few kids covered their ears and some old timers actually heard it just fine.
The race began around mid-day but spectators started gathering first thing in the morning. There was a lot of eye candy on trailers and some already in the water. The racers were constantly making a few runs and doing some fine tuning so there was never a dull moment. The first boats to run were stock, no power added and then it went to King Of The Hill with power assisted turbo nitrous I-don’t-even-know! By the end of the day, I was just blown away at the level of performance I had just seen. I’ve been to a few races in my time, and this one was amazing.
Thanks again to the local sponsors, the Army Corps of Engineers, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and all the first responders that are always nearby and ready. I really hope to see this again next year!