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Boat racers flock to Orange for Shoot-Out on the Sabine
ORANGE - by Lauren Huet
Boats raced across the Sabine River today for the Deep South Racing Association's first racing event in Orange. It's the Shoot-Out on the Sabine, and it's drawing people from all over.
Scott Alleman is gearing up to get out and race. He drove here from Morgan City, Louisiana.
"Oh ya, any time racing is involved it's worth driving," said Alleman.
Alleman won the races in his class.
"Just an adrenaline rush really," said Alleman. "Get out there and see what the boat got and drive it. I just enjoy doing it."
"It's, how a friend of mine put it, it's an addiction mixed with an obsession, but been doing it for over 30 years," said President of the Deep South Racing Association, Jed Angelle. "Like I said, it's a family event with all the races. Got started in it young and can't seem to get out of it."
Angelle says the DSRA has six events each year, and this is their first event in Orange.
"We have a family of an average of 50 boats a race. Families come along, say, at least 4 to 5 people follow each boat racer. So, it's a family event that we've been doing for over 20 years," said Angelle.
Casey Gudgell drove in from League City, Texas.
"For the fun of it," said Gudgell, "something to do, get out with the family with friends. The thrill of it."
"We've had guests from throughout the state of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, I think there's up to 60 racers and five different classes who are represented here today," said Jay Trahan, the Economic Development Director for the City of Orange.
Not only is the Shoot-Out on the Sabine meant to be fun, it also boosts the local economy.
"It brings in guests from out of the area who potentially stay in our local hotels, eat at our restaurants, visit some of the other attractions in the community," said Trahan, "and it's a great opportunity for us to showcase this beautiful venue, which is the City of Orange boat ramp."
A boat ramp bustling with people this weekend, eager to see the racers fly by on the Sabine. The event also has craft vendors, food vendors, and live music. Geno Delafose is performing Saturday at the Riverfront Pavilion at 7 p.m. The Shoot-Out continues Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.