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Hydroplane racing comes to Celina, Ohio

A Hydroplane Boat in action
A Hydroplane Boat in action

Looking for an unique and exhilarating way to spend a weekend? Then here is an event that you won't want to miss. Pack the family in the car and head for the Celina Governor's Cup Regatta taking place on Grand Lake St. Mary's in Celina, Ohio on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24 and experience some breathtaking boat racing action.

Celina Governor's Cup Regatta Started in 1958 in a joint venture between the St. Mary's Boat Club and The Celina Lions Club. the Governor's Cup Regatta will feature more than 60 boats (with teams from the Midwest and Canada) in various races shooting across the water at more than 100 MPH sending tall plumes of water shooting toward the sky as they compete for prizes and "The Cup". More than 20,000 people are expected to attend.

The racing action starts at 10 a.m. both days with the Hot Laps at 10 a.m. and the actual races beginning at noon. The spectator area will be more than a mile long so a great view of the races will available to all visitors.

The event will also include a pancake breakfast on both Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. - 11 :30 a.m. There will also be a Rooster Tail 5K Run on Sunday morning.

Following the race on Saturday evening there will be free, live musical entertainment provided by Erastus and Country Mile.

In addition to the pancake breakfast, tasty food, beverages and adult beverages will be available for purchase during the weekend.

Hours for the Governor's Cup Regatta are 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and parking is free.

For those visitors who would like to stay overnight, check out the Holiday Inn Express Celina located at 2020 Holiday Dr. in Celina, Ohio. Rates start at $96 per night. Get online at www.holidayinn/Celina to make reservations.

For more information about the Celina Governor's Cup Regatta call 800-860-4726 or get online at

Grand Lake St. Marys is located on Lake Shore Drive in Celina, Ohio. Celina is 202 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 3 hour, 20 minute drive.

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