Showdown on the Sabine

Showdown on the Sabine

Formula 1 speedboats will once again be racing down the Sabine River in Orange at speeds of more than 115 mph at the ninth annual Showdown on the Sabine, which covers three days from Friday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Sept. 18, at the City of Orange Boat Ramp at 1000 Simmons Drive.

“We are really looking forward to bringing this event back for the ninth year to the City of Orange,” said Brandy Judice of the Orange Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This event has a large variety of activities for our community and out-of-town guests to enjoy.”

Food and drink vendors will be on site serving barbecue, hamburgers, kabobs, links, deserts and much more, plus there will be a children’s activity area, which will include a variety of activities for all ages. Admission is free, as well as parking. Dogs, pets, and coolers will be not allowed at the City of Orange Boat Ramp.

The racing event will include 50 to 60 racers from the United States and Canada from the Southern Professional Outboard Racing Tour (SPORT) with drivers divided into four classes — Sport F1, Formula Lights, Super Stock Tri-Hull and J-Hydro (a class for kids ages 9-16). All kids wear specially made Kevlar suits and helmets for protection.

Each race, fans can expect to see as many as 15 boats leave the dock and go 120 mph one direction then seconds later, turn 180 degrees and go 100 mph the other way.

Racing times are 3-6 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Finals will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

There will also be a live concert at the Riverfront Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 16, with Jamie Talbert and the Band of Demons at 7:30 p.m. The concert is also free, and lawn chairs and coolers will be permitted.

The popular high-energy country band from Southeast Texas features Talbert on vocals, Todd Conger on bass, Jamie McCabe on guitar/steel guitar and Justin Gilbert on drums.

Last year, the group released the album Tomorrow Night, which featured three songs to be played on Texas country radio including “Wakin’ Up With a Stranger” and the Charlie Daniels’ remake of “Long Haired Country Boy.”

The band will be releasing a new CD soon thanks to producers Lyndon Hughes and Stormy Cooper (both of the Roger Creager band). Talbert, along with bandmate Conger, has written 10 new songs on the album with co-writers Mike Ethan Messick, Alex Weeden (guitar player for Miranda Lambert) and Tyler Henderson (drummer for Tracy Byrd).

For additional information about the event, view orangetexas.org or call (409) 883-1011.

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