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Guntersville’s Extreme Water Event to Make a Splash June 26-27

Decatur, Ala. – Alabama is known for fast cars and a NASCAR superspeedway, but the southern state is also developing a name for fast boats on a liquid track. Lake Guntersville invites people of all ages to an extreme summer event where the fastest boats today race on an oval course at speeds of 200 mph. Hosted by Marshall County Tourism and Sports, the annual Guntersville Lake HydroFest is set for June 26-27, 2021, offering two days of competitive racing as drivers volley to take home the Southern Cup title. 

H1 Unlimited hydroplanes are the fastest, reaching speeds of up to 200 mph, and most powerful, closed-course racing boats in the world. Racing takes place along scenic Sunset Drive in Guntersville. Eight H1 Unlimited hydroplane race boats, 20 Formula 1 powerboats and 20 jet skis are expected to take part in the action-packed event that offers three classes of racing: H1 Unlimited, Formula 1 Powerboat and Hydro-Cross Jet Ski. The state-of-the-art hydroplanes race on a 2 ½-mile oval course and maintain speeds of 130 mph to upwards of 200 mph on the straightaways. More information on these boats is available at and  

In addition to experiencing the action as boats race around the liquid track, there will be entertainment on land including a kid’s area, sponsors giveaways, food vendors and interactive activities provided by the U.S. Army.

On Friday, June 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Marshall County Park #1, located at 19348 Highway 431 North, the public is invited to a meet and greet with owners, racers and team members and up-close views and photo opportunities of the boats. Autograph sessions with the owners, racers and team members will also be available for spectators on Saturday and Sunday (time TBD). Stay tuned to for a schedule of events.
A weekend pass is $20 for adults and $10 for kids 6 to 12 years old. A one-day Pass is $15 for adults and $5 for kids 6 to 12 years old. Admission is free for children five years old and under and for active-duty military with valid military ID. The Ultimate Weekend Pass is $30 and includes admission into the event, transportation to see the boats at any time throughout the two days of racing and a commemorative program. Club Level is $100/ticket and includes access into a large, private tented area for on-the-water viewing at the start/finish line, transportation to see the boats at any time throughout the two days of racing, lunch and nonalcoholic beverages.

Event hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days with activities taking place at 1500 Sunset Drive on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala. unless otherwise noted. Parking is $5 per day. All parking for spectators will be offsite with bus transportation running daily from 8:45 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at