LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is still on: organizers are trying to spread the word as some fans of the biggest unsanctioned boat race in the nation have worried it might be cancelled.
Those fears may have been stoked by the postponement of Lake Race: the other major Lake of the Ozarks boat race, which was set for May 30. Lake Race organizers this week announced the event, which is part of the American Power Boat Association circuit and typically draws 40-50 powerboat racers to the late-May event at Lake of the Ozarks, would be postponed. A new date for that event has not been announced.
But the Shootout, set for Aug. 29-30, is still on.
“With all the craziness going on right now, we need some normalcy in our lives,” said Ron Duggan, owner of Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill, the host venue for the Shootout, and Director of the event. “With that in mind the 32nd annual Shootout will go on as planned including the golf tournament.” The first Shootout event is scheduled for Sunday, May 31: the Shootout Golf Tournament at Lake Valley Golf Resort.
The Shootout is a two-day boat race: one at a time, various types of boats hurtle down a 3/4-mile race course to go as fast as they can, while tens of thousands of fans line the course in flotillas several tiers deep. However, it’s not just a weekend event: the Shootout is a week full of events, from high-speed remote control boat races to a meet-and-greet on the Bagnell Dam Strip to one of the most popular poker runs anywhere. Those events raise funds for Lake area charities: in 2019, the Shootout and all its events raised $357,000.
Duggan concluded, “Especially now, our charities need this event and we are all excited to see everyone again the last week of August.”