The hydroplane racing boats are coming back at Grand Lake St. Marys. Last Friday, the organizers of the Governor's Cup Regatta canceled the annual races due to lack of sponsorship. But they're back on the calendar thanks to a 20 thousand donation from the Lake Improvement Association and about 20 thousand dollars in recently raised funds from supporters and members of the community.
Myron Buxton "That's a lot of money you know for somebody to put up and sponsors, but they think its well worth it, and we know it's well worth it. We know what it brings to the community here.
The LIA was actually formed to help clean up the algae ridden lake. But association president Tim Lovett says the money will be put to good use.
Tim Lovett "I suspect we'll get some push back on that and I understand that I mean water quality is the issue but it's not the only issue we still have businesses that have been impacted significantly the last three to four years we have a lake that is making progress-- so $20,000 is a lot of money but in terms of water quality its probably better spent this way to get the people out and let them know what we're doing and the positive things that are going on in this community.
If the race had remained canceled, it would have been the third cancellation since 2010.
Scott Anderson "Obviously in 2010 with the algae conditions on the lake which everybody was aware of we had to cancel and in 2011, we hosted the world championships here it was very successful big crowds here and last year because of the drought conditions we had low lake levels and it wasn't safe."
And tourism officials say the event brings up to 20 thousand visitors to the Grand Lake area. Those visitors then create an estimated one and a half million to two million dollar economic impact.
Donna Grube "There's a lot of competition for recreation money and recreation fun and if you fail to have an even eventually folks will forget about you."
The races will be held on August 24th and 25th.