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Thunder on the Ohio: A full weekend of entertainment with Unlimited Hydroplane Racing as centerpiece

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EVANSVILLE, Indiana - Dr. Ken Muscatel has a lot of titles attached to his names these days:  ABRA Board Member, U-25 driver, and forensic psychologist.  Lately, he's added hydroplane racing promoter.

Currently, Muscatel's talking about a comprehensive weekend of events for the the Evansville unlimited hydroplane race weekend that the Thunder on the Ohio marketing group is putting together.  "This is the way races are going to be run in the future," he said.

In addition to the world's fastest boats, Thunder on the Ohio will feature Rib America as a featured attraction. "Tremendous attraction," said Dr. Ken Muscatel.

The marketing group is also negotiating for national talent concerts on Friday and Saturday evening concerts in conjunction with the boat races. Though they aren't ready to announce the line-up yet, but one night should be focused on a "national rock" and a "national country" performer, according to Ken Deans. He's heading to Nashville next week to talk with artist reps to nail down the lineup.


"Sporting activity is the center of attraction and attention, but there are other things before, during, and after."  

KEN MUSCATEL


"The idea here... boat racing, just like other forms of sporting entertainment, have to be placed in a full range of attractions," said Muscatel.   "All these pieces make for a comprehensive entertainment experience.  At the center, is unlimited hydroplane racing.  It's a can't miss situation."  

Other announcements:

  • Sponsor Old National Bank will offer a Thunder on the Ohio ticket package. You can buy 4 weekend passes for $50 (children under 12 free) with a donation to the local food bank.  Thunderontheohio.net for details >>
  • Personal-size coolers will be allowed, but no alcohol or glass can be brought in.
  • There will also be a classic car show.

"As a template (for other future sites), this is the way to do it," said Muscatel.

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