Lake of the Ozarks Shootout kicks off
SUNRISE BEACH - The largest unsanctioned boat race in the country kicked off Saturday at the Lake of the Ozarks, marking its 30th anniversary.
The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout draws hundreds of thousands of people each year who watch the boats from all over the country hit speeds of over 100 miles per hour.
"The race is by far probably the best," attendee Micke Crotchett said.
The boat with the highest speed wins bragging rights, as well as the coveted "Top Gun" title.
The boats aren't thing that gets people down to the lake.
"I enjoy coming out for the people," attendee Ashley Crotchett said. "Just being around a lot of people, it's a good time. There's a lot of people here, friendly people."
People looking to hang out and relax aren't the only one looking forward to the Shootout.
Vendors line the shores of the lake, selling products of all kinds, from docking material to CBD oil.
Ashley Crochett said the Shootout always gives local businesses a boost.
"They've got a lot of great vendors here, they're giving away stuff, selling stuff. It promotes their businesses, so it brings money down to the lake," she said.
The event raises money for eight lake-area first responder teams.
Last year's event raised around $200,000 for 28 local charities and eight fire departments.