Who says there’s nothing to do on summer weekends in Madison County?
Texas H20 Personal Watercraft Racing is hosting jetski races at Lake Madison, 1215 E. Collard St., Madisonville.
Madisonville Volunteer Fire Department Chief Thom Jones launched the effort to recruit the event to Lake Madison when he realized there wasn’t much going on once school let out for the summer.
“They throw a big party every year and they [spend money] around town,” he said. “There are quite a few who stay in hotels.”
This is the sixth year for the event, although it wasn’t held last year because the hosting company changed. There are typically about 40 to 50 racers, and up to 250 people attend, Jones said.
The company recently held an event in Baytown and has plans for an August race in Somerville.
“It’s very family-oriented,” Jones said. “It’s considered an extreme sport, but they allow people who have jetskis to come out and try it. They run different classifications for ages and skill levels.”
The cost to participate is $65 per day per class for pre-registrants and $75 onsite. An afternoon/evening open practice is planned for Friday, followed by registration from 5 to 7 p.m. Registration continues at 7:30 a.m. Saturday followed by a mandatory 8:30 a.m. riders meeting for all race participants. Course orientation is at 9:15 a.m. with races beginning at 10:15 a.m. Sunday’s schedule is the same as Saturday’s.
It is free for families and members of the public to attend and view the races, but they should bring their own lawn chairs, said Laura Lawrenz, the city’s director of marketing and tourism.
“It’s been an ongoing thing for a number of years,” Lawrenz said. “It brings people in from out of town. Many of them camp out at the lake, but they do spend money here.”
Jones said although it took several years for the jetski company to consider Madisonville, the competitors now love visiting Madison County.
“It’s one of their top places,” he said. “If they need to go to the grocery store, it’s four minutes away. They can camp right there. We have always treated them very nicely. They get a good feeling when they come here. We don’t have the best lake but it’s enough for them to do what they want to do.”
For more information, visit http://www.txh2oracing.com/ or contact the Madisonville Visitor’s Center at (936) 348-9333.