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“A Roar of Thunder” Regatta Returns to Southeast Indiana

The “A Roar of Thunder” Aurora Regatta will return to Southeast Indiana this weekend for two full days of powerboat racing along the Ohio River.  The 14th-annual event will feature powerboat racing in two separate speed classes as part of the Powerboat Superleague points circuit, plus a unique professional powerboat driving school in which participants can experience the thrill of tunnel boat racing firsthand.

Scheduled to take place Aug. 18-19 at Aurora’s Lesko Park, the free event is one of Southeast Indiana’s most popular, typically attracting upwards of 10,000 spectators each year.  The boats can reach up to 120 miles per hour as they slice through the water along the one-mile course.  

In addition to two full days of racing (including the Championship Finals on Sunday), this year Aurora has been selected as one of only six venues in the nation to host an APBA (American Power Boat Association) professional driving school. Two two-seater powerboats will be available for the training, which includes safety and capsule training and on-the-water experience in a tunnel boat.  Once the course has been completed, participants will have the opportunity to show off their new skills during two boat demonstrations as part of the annual Powerboat Super league races.  (Participants must be at least 18 years old, and the cost per person is $350).

The Regatta also features free parking, food and refreshment booths and an air show demonstration each day.  The event is organized by Aurora Riverfront Beautification, Inc. and offers free admission thanks in part to the generosity of many local sponsors.

For more information on the 2012 Regatta, please click here for a schedule, or contact the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau at 877-571-6004 or online at http://www.thunderregatta.com/.  To learn more about the Regatta Driving School or to request a driving school entry form, contact the Powerboat Superleague at 304-455-2049 or log on to http://www.aprsuperleague.com/.


Bright Community Festival Scheduled for This Weekend

Food, fun and family activities are on the agenda this weekend in Bright, Indiana, where the Bright Community Festival will take place on both Friday and Saturday evenings.  A fundraiser for the Bright Volunteer Fire Department and EMS, the event will feature a variety of activities for the entire family, including live music, kids’ rides and games, a beer garden, informational booths, gaming and more.

In addition to a carnival-like atmosphere, visitors to the festival can enjoy a parade on Saturday afternoon, followed by chicken dinners on Saturday night.  The free event is also well known for its legendary raffles, including a vacation trip for two (plus $1,000 cash) and a jumbo split-the-pot giveaway.  Live entertainment will likewise take place throughout the two nights of the festival. 

The Bright Festival Parade will be held on Saturday afternoon. 

The Bright Community Festival will be held beginning tonight, Fri., July 27, from 6pm-11pm and Sat., July 28 from 4pm-11pm at Bright Firehouse #1, located off of Salt Fork Road in Bright.  The parade is scheduled for 3pm on Saturday. 

For more information, contact the Dearborn County Visitors Center at 800-322-8198 or visit our online Calendar of Events.


Super Summer Giveaway Contest Continues in July

Our Super Summer Giveaway Contest is still going strong!  In fact, we have two great prize packages left to give away before the contest is over, which means you still have two more chances to win.

This week’s prize, which runs until Wednesday, July 11, includes four general admissions and a $25 gift card to the Lawrenceburg Speedway, which features sprint, modified, pure stock and hornet racing on a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval track.  The winner of this great package can enjoy a fun-filled racing evening – worth a total of $85 – with three of their family members or friends.

Next up: Enjoy a meal on us with a $100 gift card to the elegant Final Cut Steakhouse, which is renowned for its steak, seafood and chops.  Located in the Hollywood Casino pavilion, the classic steakhouse features fresh ingredients, top-notch service, and delicious cuts of beef cooked to order.  This contest, which will be the last of our six-week giveaway promotion, will run from July 12-18.    

Ready to try your luck?  In order to participate, all entrants must be 21 years of age, must have a Facebook account, and must “like” the Dearborn County-Southeast Indiana Facebook page.  It’s free to enter, and you can enter each contest once per week.  Good luck!


Celebrate the Fourth in Southeast Indiana

It may be hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is nearly here!  Ready to celebrate with some good-old-fashioned fun? 

At the annual Greendale Fourth of July Celebration, scheduled for July 4, visitors can enjoy activities ranging from a kids’ fishing derby and bike parade to a 5K walk/run and spectacular fireworks display in the evening.  The free event will begin in the morning (registration for the 5K starts at 7:30am) and run all day, with the kickoff to the fireworks beginning at approximately 9:30pm.

For more information, or to learn more about the many festivals and events taking place in Southeast Indiana this summer, call the Dearborn County Visitors Center at 800-322-8198 or check out the Calendar of Events section of our website.        

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