Maple City Grand Prix races into LaPorte

2013-05-28T12:48:00Z Maple City Grand Prix races into LaPorteLaPorte Officials | Contributor nwitimes.com
May 28, 2013 12:48 pm  • 

LAPORTE | The boats of the F1 PROP Tour will be in the spotlight this weekend during the inaugural Maple City Grand Prix May 31 through June 2 on Stone Lake at Soldiers Memorial Park.

The world’s fastest tunnel boats will take on right and left turns, switching directions on a dime and reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

“Our inland lakes in LaPorte are some of the best in the region, and they deserve to be showcased with an event like this,” Jason Miller, race director and sports development manager with the race’s host organization, the LaPorte County Convention and Visitors Bureau said. “And Stone Lake is the perfect site, because it’s a beautiful lake with great surroundings and a wonderful park for spectators.”

The Maple City Grand Prix will feature three days of racing, several evenings of VIP and racer events, a boat parade and block party downtown LaPorte, entertainment and food and drinks.

Also, the week of the event, spanning through June 2, is LaPorte’s Restaurant Week and unlimited parking in the downtown area.

“Many restaurants will have deals for the whole week and specially priced menus,” said Tiffany Bley, Downtown Coordinator. “There will be no parking restrictions throughout the downtown area as well so people are encouraged to take advantage and spend as much time as they desire downtown.”

Downtown LaPorte has an array of large antique malls, coffee shops, specialty stores and restaurants along State, Lincolnway and Jefferson avenues.

Saturday will be lively downtown with the boat parade and country-themed block party, “The Downtown Hoe Down,” all starting at 6 p.m. in the Herald Argus Parking lot at State and Monroe streets downtown. The Downtown Hoe Down is $5 to enter and includes a free hog roast and soft drink and entertainment by the popular band Hoosier Highway.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a free fitness class by Jazzercise of LaPorte at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Courthouse Square on Michigan Avenue.

The weekend culminates with the racing event.

“I think we’re really going to like racing here,” national F1 champion Chris Fairchild said during a recent visit to the race site.” We’ll put on a really good show for the spectators and I think we’ll really enjoy LaPorte.”

For more information on the racing and to see a schedule of events, visit www.maplecitygrandprix.com.

For more information on all of Downtown LaPorte’s events, visit their Facebook page or contact Tiffany Bley at bley@lpchamber.com.

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