Great Lake Grand Prix boat race kicks off

MICHIGAN CITY – It’s that time of year again. The Great Lakes Grand Prix boat race kicked off Tuesday, but don’t worry you didn’t miss it. None of the boats will be put in the water until the big race on Sunday.

Sponsors clapped as Mayor Ron Meer cut the ceremonial ribbon to let last years’ winning boat ride on by.

“We have won every time we have been here,” said boat racer Dan Davies.

But Davies is not the only winner that’s participated in the race the last three years. The County of La Porte also makes out big time.

“The economic impact that this race has had on La Porte County over the past three years has been in excess of $20 million,” said Director of La Porte County Visitors Bureau Jack Arnett.

Arnett said he expects the cash rolling in from the race this year to be equally impressive.

“Probably over $6 to 8 million this weekend,” said Arnett.

Arnett said Michigan City’s businesses will be big winners thanks to the race.

“The hotels will be full and all of our restaurants will be utilized.”

Mayor Meer said not only does the race bring a big economic boost for the weekend, it is also a good chance to showcase what Michigan City has to offer.

“Quite honestly there have been businessmen who have been willing to invest in our community after being drawn in from this event.”

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