Shootout on the Sabine

Shootout on the Sabine

Speedboats of the Deep South Racing Association (DSRA) will be roaring down the Sabine River in Orange at speeds of more than 100 mph during the Shootout on the Sabine, with plenty of high-octane outboard action on Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, plus a special concert with American Idol fan favorite Kree Harrison.

Admission to the event is free, and there will be food and adult beverage vendors onsite. No pets or coolers allowed.

Gates open at 10 a.m. on both days with racing from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

There will be eight classes of boat racing, including the fan-favorite Outlaw racing class, where fans can expect to see boats that have the ability to reach speeds of more than 115 mph. Bridge City racer Aaron Campbell is one of the favorites to win that class.

“The Outlaw class is considered the top fuel dragster of boat racing,” said Campbell. “There are little restrictions and no weight limits with boats running methanol, alcohol and engine fuel. You can run on anything except nitrous.”

Campbell is really excited this year because his 14-year-old daughter Cortni will be competing in the Junior Drags (beginners).

“She went undefeated in our first race of the year on both days,” said Campbell. “I was really wanting her to get into racing. This will be her first time racing here in front of friends and family.”

Fans can expect around 50 competitors from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee to take part in the Shootout on the Sabine.

“The boat races are always popular here, but we have made sure there are plenty of things to do throughout the day for adults and children,” said Brandy Judice, Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau Coordinator. “The DSRA event is a great way to enjoy family friendly fun.”

Kids can enjoy bounce houses, rock climbing, remote control boat racing and much more.

American Idol Season 12 runner up Kree Harrison will perform a free concert on Friday, May 21, at the Orange Riverfront Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Harrison, who is from Woodville, has just released her first single titled “This Old Thing,” which was recorded in Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, as well as a music video that is currently being aired on CMT. “This Old Thing” will also be the title to her debut album.

At 3, Harrison sang Amy Grant’s “El Shaddai” in church, then at 10, she made her national television debut, singing on The Rosie O’Donnell Show. At 16, she landed her first publishing contract and began writing and performing in Nashville and sang backup on album tracks for fellow country artists Kacey Musgraves and Eli Young Band.

“This event is a great way to promote tourism and bring live entertainment to the City of Orange,” added Judice.

Further event information can be obtained by calling the Orange CVB at (409) 883-1011.