breaking news

New Springfield stop light to alleviate congestion at I-70, Ohio 72

Powerboats hit Clark County Fairgrounds lake for national race


Formula One drivers took to the water in Clark County on Friday to prepare for a national powerboat competition Saturday and Sunday.

The Springfield F1 Grand Prix and Wake the Lake will be held at the 125-acre lake at Clark County Fairgrounds this weekend. Racers tested their boats on the fairground’s lake Friday, the culmination of a long-effort to bring water sports to the site.

RELATED: Clark County Fairgrounds to host major national powerboat race

“It has taken us years,” said Chris Fairchild, current SST 200 World Champion. “But now that the county fairgrounds has purchased it, we’ve decided that we are going to build us a purpose-filled race facility.”

The race was previously held in Detroit for decades. It will be broadcast to an international audience of millions on CBS Sports and PBS.

This boat race is a part of a full weekend of events at the Clark County Fairgrounds that also includes food vendors and entertainment.

Preliminary races will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. That night, the Kate Hasting Band and singer/songwriter Ty Cooper will perform. Then the racing finals will begin at noon Sunday.

The cost to attend the event is $15 for ages 13 and up. Children 12 and under are free.

About 500 students from Clark County schools got up close with the powerboats and their drivers Friday. They talked to the drivers and toured the 28 boats racing this weekend.

Casey Riley was one of those students. He even got a chance to sit in the driver’s seat of one powerboat. The demonstration interested him because he attends Global Impact STEM Academy.

“I’ve always been interested in cars and engineering as well,” Riley said.

RELATED: Clark County Fairgrounds wants to move forward with boat races

He was able to use what he’s learned in school when talking with drivers at the course.

Fairchild was one of two drivers who demonstrated their boats. His boat can go about 120 miles per hour — he likened it to flying an airplane on water.

He’s been racing for the past 30 years and has done so around the world including in Dubai and France. He’s happy the race is in Clark County.

“The dimensions are right, the way that it is situated is right, the depth is right — everything works really good for us,” Fairchild said.

The lake’s race course is different, said Tammy Wolf, a driver who traveled from Canada to compete in the event.

“This will be a very hard course because most of these race boats are used to turning left … so not only will we be turning left, we are actually going to be turning right as well,” Wolf said.

She’s the only woman competing in this weekend’s event. She’s been racing for the past 22 years.

On the weekends, she races high-speed boats, but at home in Canada, she’s something different.

“I’m a dental hygienist. I make people smile. I make people smile when I am on the course and I make people smile off the course,” Wolf said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions
Report: Opioids cost Midwest construction industry billions

Opioids — including heroin and fentanyl — killed nearly 1,000 construction workers in the Midwest at a cost of more than $5 billion to the region’s construction industry in 2015, according to estimates in a new report by the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The report confirms a trend identified by Dayton Daily News data analysis...
911 dispatcher dies in crash; husband hears emergency call on scanner 
911 dispatcher dies in crash; husband hears emergency call on scanner 

A Minnesota man listening to emergency dispatch audio learned that his wife, a 911 dispatcher, was killed in a crash with a wrong-way driver as she headed for work, the Star Tribune reported. Jenna L. Bixby, 30, died Saturday night in the head-on crash in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park, authorities said. Her husband, Daniel Bixby, was...
Substitute teacher fired after video surfaces showing him slamming student
Substitute teacher fired after video surfaces showing him slamming student

A substitute teacher at Western Guilford Middle School, in Guilford County, North Carolina, was fired after a video surfaced of him body-slamming a student. The student, Jose Escudero, told WGHP that the altercation started because of a box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day. >> Read more trending news  Jose said the teacher took...
Who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas? 13 things to know about Parkland high school’s namesake
Who was Marjory Stoneman Douglas? 13 things to know about Parkland high school’s namesake

When an accused teenage gunman opened fire on his former classmates last week, he wore a maroon polo shirt emblazoned with the logo of the school from which he’d been expelled -- Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The name Stoneman Douglas has become synonymous with the tragedy that ended with 17 people dead and the accused killer, 19-year-old...
New Springfield stop light to alleviate congestion at I-70, Ohio 72
New Springfield stop light to alleviate congestion at I-70, Ohio 72

A new traffic light built to alleviate congestion at a busy I-70 interchange in Springfield is set to activate this week. The $300,000 project was funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation. Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Committee Director Scott Schmid said in December the traffic signals, built at the westbound entrance...
More Stories