July 23, 2012 


On-the-Water Rodeo Action  

Coming to Lake of the Ozarks 

Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. - Rustle up a comfortable seat to watch competitors mount up and hit the water at the Wave Runner Rodeo, Aug. 10-11. The wet and wild fun at the Lake of the Ozarks will take place at Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill in Gravois Mills, at the 7 mile marker of the Gravois Arm or by land at 15208 Red Hollow Road.


The Wave Runner Rodeo was created by Premier Vacations and Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill and is the first personal watercraft race of its kind at the Lake of the Ozarks, according to race organizer Steve Bruce. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Fund to benefit injured American soldiers. Admission to the event is free but donations to the Wounded Warriors Fund will be welcomed.


"We're expecting the Wave Runner Rodeo to become a regular event at the Lake," said Bruce. "Personal watercraft and the excitement for racing are popular among Lake residents and visitors, so we thought this type of event was a natural for the Lake. We're expecting a flotilla of boats on the water and a ton of people on shore at Coconuts to watch the races and enjoy all the fun."


The two-day celebration kicks off Friday, August 10, at 3 p.m. with a free concert at Coconuts. The show will feature rock, funk and blues cover band The Groove Pilots and country-rock band Branded.


Saturday, August 11, fans of personal watercraft racing and all-out fun will be treated to a flurry of head-to-head heat races beginning at 11 a.m. The races will have wave runner competitors following a slalom course of water buoys (similar to traditional rodeo barrel racing) with a final dash to the finish line. The top two times logged by racers in these heats will advance to the finals to decide who wins a $500 grand prize in each of five classes, based on watercraft horsepower.


The Rodeo is limited to the first 120 registered participants. Racers who wish to participate must visit WaveRunnerRodeo.com and fill out the registration forms. Entry fee is $65 and racers as young as 16 can participate; however, racers 18 or younger must have their parents or legal guardians complete a Wave Runner Rodeo permission form. Racers are required to wear a helmet during the race, must have proof of insurance at check-in. Riders are also required to attend two mandatory meetings on Saturday, a safety check at 8:30 a.m. and a rider meeting at 9 a.m. at Coconuts Caribbean Beach Bar & Grill before the race day begins.


Fans and racers searching for overnight lodging need look no further than one of the Lake's many resorts, hotels, condominiums, motels, bed and breakfasts, RV parks or campgrounds. For more information about these accommodations, visit FunLake.com or call 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).


For more information about this event, including complete contest rules and a diagram of the course, call 573-207-0137 or visit WaveRunnerRodeo.com.

The Wave Runner Rodeo is sponsored by: Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association, Lake of the Ozarks Area Business District of Morgan County, Central Bank of The Lake of the Ozarks, Bass Point Resort, Golden Rule Insurance Agency, Jolly Rogers Grub and Grog, Monster Energy Drinks, State Farm Insurance agent Sherry Neilsen, Surdyke Yamaha, Bridgeport Kawasaki, Trapp Party Bus, Bumps Barefoot Bar, Richard Noggins and The Gas Hole.


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The Summer season is loaded with fun fairs, festivals and events at the Lake of the Ozarks. For more information about getaway packages, lodging, dining, shopping, events and attractions throughout the Lake area, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit the Bureau's website, FunLake.com.


August 4


Rubber duckies make Lake time lots of fun at The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop in Lake Ozark. In this distinctive event at Bagnell Dam, spectators "adopt a duck" (purchase numbered tickets) and then thousands of the familiar bathtub toys (with numbers corresponding to tickets) are unleashed from the air to splash down into the Osage River. The ducks "race" to the finish line. The first duck to cross the finish line earns a lucky patron the grand prize of $5,000. Consolation prizes include $1,000 for second place and several Lake-area shopping cards for other finalists. The event also boasts a 5K Fun Run and Waddle Walk, live music and entertainment, a variety of delicious food for sale and a Family Fun Zone (complete with clowns, kids' games, bounce houses and puppet shows) located at the area below the Bagnell Dam near The Dam Bait Shop. For more information, visit GreatDamDuckDrop.com or call 573-286-8291.


August 10 & September 14


Hot Summer Nights, a five-part cruising series on the Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozark, takes place on Aug. 10 and Sept. 14 and will feature all makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Visitors attending the event will enjoy classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, contests, giveaways, helicopter rides, live entertainment and much more. For more information about Hot Summer Nights, call 573-964-1008 or visit CruiseHotSummerNights.com.   


August 11


Sample the works of some of Missouri's best wineries and microbreweries at the Midwest Wine and Brew Festival on Aug. 11 in Lake Ozark. The event is presented by the Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Country Club Hotel & Spa. Over a dozen wineries and microbreweries will have their wares on display to sample and purchase. Lake-area restaurants also will be on hand to offer light fare as a perfect complement to the wine and brew samples. Festival advance tickets are available for $15 and will include a tasting of all of the wines and beers, as well as a souvenir wine glass. Tickets bought the day of the festival are $20. For more information, call the Lake Area Chamber at 573-964-1008.


August 25-26


The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is set for Aug. 25-26 at Captain Ron's Bar & Grill in Sunrise Beach. The event features more than 100 boats competing to be named the Lake's fastest boat, racing against the clock in individual runs. The timed runs take two days to complete and are the unquestioned Main Event, but the Shootout festivities stretch over nine days including a variety of activities for the whole family. Among this year's events during the week-plus of revelry are: a Class One R/C Mini Shootout for remote controlled boats (Aug. 18), a benefit golf tournament at Old Kinderhook (Aug. 19), The Great Shootout Treasure Hunt (Aug. 20), The Shootout Street Party (Aug. 22), The PWC Dam Run (Aug. 23), a poker run (Aug. 24), and much more fun for fans of all ages. For more information about the Shootout and for a full schedule of Shootout-related events, visit LakeoftheOzarksShootout.org.


For more information about these and other Lake-area summertime events or for more info about local accommodations and lodging facilities, please call The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau toll-free at 800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253) or visit www.FunLake.com.


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