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Gradual clearing today, and a bit cooler as well. High pressure in the wake of the front will allow us to see more sunshine for today. Highs are only in the lower 60's. A slight warmup for Thanksgiving, as we start Thursday morning off in the mid 40's ...


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Riverfest draws racers from across the country

PORT NECHES- by Haley Bull

It's not something you see everyday on the Neches River, dozens of boats lined up to race. Nearly 60 drivers went head-to-head Sunday afternoon during the final day of races at Port Neches Riverfest, drawing competitors from across the country to Southeast Texas

Wade Tuchscherer is from Wisconsin. "23-hour drive, wasn't bad," he said. It's his first time in Texas.

Tammy Wolf drove more than 20 hours from Ontario, Canada.

"This weekend actually has been extremely rough. Up in Canada the lakes are still frozen so we had zero testing time," she said.

Wolf says she's the only woman competing in Formula 1 races in North America.

"The boys just treat me like one of their own, so it's fine. I mean we're not pushing the race boat around the course, we're steering it," Wolf said. "It's a whole bunch of fun. The best feeling in the world being out there and driving my little race boat."

She raced a few local drivers, including Barry McCullough and Curtis Nunez.

"It's the best in the country and we're right here with them having a ball," McCullough said.

"It's nice for everybody to come together right here in Port Neches," Nunez said.

The racers, their crew and the crowds the competition draws may give local business a boost.

"There's nothing else like it here," Race Chairwoman Forest Barber said. "They come into the hotels, the restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, so for everybody's economic development, we all get a boost for the weekend."

Some drivers are already planning to return next year.

"Oh yeah, we'll be back,"  Tuchscherer said.


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