200 Alabama Bicentennial

Celebrating Alabama’s 200th birthday2017 2018 2019

As part of Marshall County's bicentennial celebration, national boat racing returns to Lake Guntersville for the first time in more than thirty years through Guntersville Lake Hydrofest on June 22–24, 2018.

With the creation of Lake Guntersville in 1939, boat racing was the first event hosted on the water and became an annual local tradition, with major racing events held each year from the 1940s to the 1980s. On June 22–24, Lake Guntersville HydroFest will bring the boat racing tradition back to Marshall County through the national Unlimited Series boat races. Guntersville Lake will be the only racing site in the South. Other participating cities are San Diego, Seattle, and Detroit. 

"We're very excited," Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau president Katy Norton said. "Of course every championship race with the H1 Unlimited hydroplanes has a name, and so we have named ours The Race for the Southern Cup. Guntersville Lake HydroFest will be the biggest event in Marshall County this summer, with two classes of hydroplanes racing at speeds of 200 miles per hour as they compete in the first points race to be held in Alabama since 1969."

The weekend-long festival will feature the famous Unlimited Hydroplane boats, the fastest racing boats today. Other exciting water sports include the Grand Prix World hydros, stock outboard demonstrations, and a Wakeboard Exhibition with some of the top professional athletes competing in the industry. Static displays, a boat show, food vendors, and the appearance of one of the most famous boats in the history of the Unlimited Series—Miss Budweiser—will also be part of the event. Racing enthusiasts from across the country will attend Lake Guntersville HydroFest with nearly 20,000 guests anticipated to attend each day.

For more information and to order tickets, visit www.guntersvillelakehydrofest.com.